I went to bed last night somewhat uncertain about today. I had some things to do that I wasn’t excited about doing as well as some things that were  going to require much effort to do. Couple that with the emotions of watching my oldest baby graduate from High School and let’s just say that this dad wasn’t to sure about a lot of things.

I was awake at 4. This was partly due to my restlessness but it was also due to the fact that a very persistent bird was doing exactly what it was created to do – singing loudly just outside my window. As I thought about the bird it helped assure me of the faithfulness of God.

I am very excited about Lydia graduating as I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her. She is a talented, gifted, and observant young lady. With a spiritual maturity that goes beyond her years I look forward to seeing how the circumstances of her life, coupled with her choices, lead her to serve God. 

When I watch her I understand many of those corny quotes about dreams and fears, hopes and challenges, and everything else that you find in those wonderful graduate books that seem to multiply every year. This child can certainly do anything that she could imagine and desire to do. 

My encouragement to her is the thought that encouraged me today and was brought on by one of the smaller creatures, for whom the Creator cares for invidually: Sing. Sing like no one is listening. Sing like everyone is listening. Sing when you’re tired. Sing when you’re rested. Sing when things seem to go your way. Sing when it seems nothing will ever work out. Sing.

We are each created by a God who loves us individually and unconditionally. So, if everyone is not still asleep in your home, sing.  


Published by Daniel M Harding

Husband, father, associate pastor.

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