Tuesday, February 26, 2008

a gem

one of my favorite fiction writers is neil gaiman - for pure imagination & creativity & storytelling there may be no equal in the world today. he is so entirely enjoyable, on so many levels - his stories sit inside you and quietly grow...i love them. they defy definition. that being said, i just finished one from the library, 'anansi boys'. listen to this...

"each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. it isn't a song that anybody else wrote. it has its own melody, it has its own words. very few people get to sing their own song. most of us fear that we cannot do it justice with our voices, or that our words are too foolish or too honest, or too odd. so people live their songs instead."
i love that! and it's my encouragement to you today - live your song! in the immortal words of sesame street, "sing out loud, sing out strong!" :) if you don't sing your song, who will? the world will be worse off for the loss of your melody weaving in with all the rest...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rachel,
So this might sound really weird, but this is Penny King (Kristine Adam’s friend from Canada) and I just have to thank you from the very bottom of my heart for your post today. You have NO IDEA what it meant. I gotta tell you that when you and Curtis were here in Spruce Grove, I didn’t take time to get to know you, and totally regret that now, but I know how much Krii has treasured and valued your friendship, and when she started blogging, she put a link to your page on hers, and through reading your blog for the last few years, I totally feel like I’ve gotten a “glimpse” at you and your passion, and I always love to hear what you think about things. Anyway, getting back to your post, I just have to explain this to you (even though it’ll probably seem insignificant, I know you like getting people’s comments!) – two weeks ago I was at a music lesson with a lady who’s been challenging me to really sing like I mean it, and to let out that part of me that is “God’s song in me”, but she felt like I was afraid of it, and scared of imperfection, or foolishness (both very true). Anyway – I’ve been struggling with that for two weeks and asking God to give me some sort of sign or direction and getting absolutely nothing. I’ve been trying desperately to force a “God moment” and coming up empty (obviously!) But I woke up this morning knowing that I have my lesson again today, and not knowing what I would say, and unsure of how to put anything into words, and then I read your blog. Your encouragement to live (or even literally sing) out my song…“loud and strong” just helped me breathe a sigh of relief. So I’m glad God prompted you to share that. And I do believe that was God using you all the way from North Carolina to speak to my heart this morning. So thank you.

rachel said...

you're right, penny - i love comments, and i love knowing that this is more than just my random life spilling into the internet! :) thanks!

annie said...

Karen Carpenter, Sesame Street, same difference! :0)

I'm still learning to live my song. I know it, I feel it, I even on a good day find pure joy in it and call it home, but I still feel trapped within the limitations of giving it voice and how it will compare. I pray that I can stand head held high in self assurance and sing the song Jesus wrote on my heart, free and unashamed.

Thanks for posting this today.