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Singing Over You

Singing Over You

“Wait. Wait. No.” Three-year-old Elizabeth held up her hand. Never one to go down for a nap willingly, this appeared to be just another stall tactic.

I walked over to give her a kiss as my husband held her firmly. “Sleep well,” I said, “so we can play when you get up.”

“No.” Elizabeth reached out and grabbed my hand. “I want you. Come sing to me.”

Our naptime and bedtime ritual for months had included me sitting beside Elizabeth, holding her hand, and singing praise songs while she fell asleep. It never took long once I took her soft, little hand in mine until she was sound asleep. Occasionally she sang with me for a song or two but it wasn’t long before her eyes became heavy and she drifted off.

Did I ever wish she would just get in the bed and go to sleep? Of course. Would I trade that special time of singing over Elizabeth? I can’t think of one reason I would want to.

I often think of Zephaniah 3:17. “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV) The mental picture that comes to mind is that of God singing over me just as I sing over Elizabeth. I can almost feel my hand in His.

A different version (NRSV) phrases those last words, “He will exult over you with loud singing” and yet another (TLB) says, “exulting over you in happy song.” There are many other versions but I think we can safely determine that singing over your children is a happy occasion that can be done softly or loudly with great exuberance.

So when I sing over Elizabeth at naptime and at bedtime, I am lifting her up to the Father. I am praising Him for who she is. I am thanking Him for the gift of her. I am rejoicing that she is part of our family. And I am blessed.

Think about It.

You can sing over your children anytime. Don’t miss an opportunity.

You can sing over your children anywhere. The car works especially well.

You can sing over your children at any age. Don’t think they ever outgrow it.

By: Linda Gilden is a freelance writer and editor who loves every opportunity to sing over her children. She’s pretty content to have God sing over her as well!  www.lindagilden.com

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