Wednesday, September 10, 2008

He sang to me...


Another story from my time during Hurricane Gustav...


While tending to his sore feet at the end of my shift, I sang softly to myself just as I always do. He stopped me and in his soft southern accent, he said “Well ma'am, I sing too”. Thrilled, I begged him to sing but be was shy and hesitant to start. Further explaining that if God graced him with a voice and the joy in his heart to want to sing, that he should do just that. Sing.


It was then when I looked up at him and saw the cataracts, missing teeth and those deep laugh lines around his face. This was a working man, a man that truly can sing the blues. His hands were calloused from years of manual labor but it was his voice, his soulful voice that made me cry as he whispered out his gospel. We sat there within a closed area and he gave us our own private concert.For those few minutes he sang, I cried. Whether it was my tired body,being away from home or just being able to feel his pain, I will forever remember how he sang to me.

The next day as we waited to board the last of the evacuees onto buses, we all had a sing-along. It was then that myself and the other staff convinced this same man to sing. To spread his voice that God had given him and he did. He sang to me and I hope he will sing to you too...

These aren't the greatest quality, but it's one of the few things I treasure from this trip. What you can't see are all the people sharing in his joy, his voice. There wasn't a dry eye there.















19 comments:

Lynette said...

Chills! That is freakin' awesome!

Stacie said...

beautifully told and though I wasn't there, I can HEAR his singing, I can HEAR it through your post. Thank you.

Aimee said...

Wow! What an awesome and yet eye-opening experience for not only you, but for us because you shared it with us! Thanks!!

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

oh my gosh, LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE EVERYTHING about this.

I would have loved to have witnessed this, how amazing. Great job capturing, CE. And THANK YOU for sharing his gift with us.

Mimi's Toes said...

I am so glad you got to experience this. God Does work in mysterious ways. Nursing IS your calling!

Laurie and Chris said...

Amazing!!! He sure has a storey to be told through his singing. Thank you for sharing this.

iheartchocolate said...

You had one of those moments that is almost beyond words. But you were able to describe it so eloquently anyway.

I am glad for you. What an experience I am sure!

*Lissa* said...

You totally made me get teary. What an amazing and life-changing experience that must have been!

imadramamama said...

This totally made my day. Thank you so much for sharing!

Erin said...

Chills. Serious chills. What an amazing experience.

MJ Tam said...

Powerful words...God sent people like you not just to heal from the outside, but deep down in the heart where it matters the most.

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. It was a gift to even see this video.

Dawn said...

Wow! The blues - the soul of the world. Proof that blessings came come at the darkest times. God Bless you for being there to help.

gawilli said...

Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home. It just doesn't get any better than that. The best songs are the ones that come from the heart. They lift me up and carry me along. Sounds like they do for you, too.

I'm so glad you found your way. I hope you keep this heartsong with you and when you're down, it will lift you back up.

As a side note, did you know that the song he was singing was written in Chicago, by the son of a Baptist minister, Thomas Dorsey? It's a beautiful song, isn't it?

Army Wife said...

speaking of tears- oh my goodness! What a wonderful thing for you to be witness to. I can't stop crying or playing the video over and over. Thank you so much for sharing this powerful message.

To Think is to Create said...

What beautiful writing!

I got chills as I watched the video, which quickly turned to teary eyes. So special. Thank you.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh, I can't imagine the stories you have to tell, or that you will always keep in your heart from this experience. I am so glad you had this opportunity! And I can tell that it made more than a small impression on you!

Steph

milk&honey said...

This is so amazing, D. The writing, the experience you had, the memories you'll have forever.

Just...wow.

Cindy Fey said...

Beautiful. Thanks for posting this.

SJ said...

Amazingly beautiful. His soulful song totally reduced me to tears.

I'm touched.