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When I was a child, I had no voice—no voice about who my parents were, where I lived, where I went to school, who my parents’ friends were, who my relatives were, the war our country was fighting, how to deal with the personal losses of friends, loved ones and the places where I felt safe, and even the abandonment I experienced in this world.

I had no voice.

When I became a man, I discovered that I could make a choice—that I could find my voice. I discovered we all have our own pool of tears we have to deal with everyday. I discovered I can rise.

I do have a voice.

I can find that voice. I can choose where I live. I can choose my friends. I can choose how to respond to my closest relatives. I can choose to search what is true about the world, about me, about God, and about friendship.

I now celebrate the freedom to be on the search for that contentment—for peace, joy, and hope. Although it’s hard to find, it is within the reach of everyone.

Psalm 32 opens the door to help me find that voice.

A Psalm of David:

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him,
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long
For night and day
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
that you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise
they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!

I have a voice and so do you.

God has a voice and he has spoken and his word to you is, “I love you.” He communicated that through the death and the burial and the resurrection of his only son, Jesus Christ.

All the best today,

Terry Sanford Smith


Music credit: Tony Anderson; Image credit: Unsplash.