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INTO GOD’S PRESENCE

Adrian Agachi

All I could hear were the voices of children singing praises to God. I felt my heart melt, and my eyes filled with tears. I was sad and yet joyful. I was crying and smiling at the same time. I was lost in the sound and contemplating the profundity of its message. Never before had I heard a choir of Romanian Orthodox children singing the vespers.

Worship the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
Psalm 100:2 (NRSV)

There were no instruments. Some of the choir members were singing even though they were sick. (I could hear them coughing every now and then.) Yet the singing filled my soul. My heart was singing with them. The angels were singing with them. The little church I had entered became a cathedral, filled with beautiful, joyful, heartbreaking sounds. I felt my life changed by the deep melodies that carried me closer and closer to God. After awhile, I could no longer hear the hymns. Instead, I entered into a deep silence where I could feel my soul being slowly purified. I saw myself praising God. I was there, God was there, and we were smiling at each other without uttering a word. Only the angels kept singing.

 

JOURNAL: When has music ushered you into the presence of God? Write about your experience.

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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