Say those two words today and I imagine most folks would think of the current NBC reality show "The Voice."
The show had its beginnings in April of 2011. It is a singing competition with four judges critiquing the various guest artist that appear each week. Two of the more known judges would be Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Recently as I was in a church service in which the audience was ask to stand and join in singing an old hymn. Now I am not a singer but along with my wife we stood and started singing with the audience. As we were singing I began to take note of a voice somewhere in back of me. I found myself almost completely mentally leaving the sounds of the audience and zeroing in on this one voice. It was so pretty, so clear, so on key (as if I would know on or off key) but it was just pretty. For one whole verse of the song I just listened to the voice behind me. I did not know who it was nor did I turn around to see. I just quietly stood and listened. Then I thought to myself how the beauty of that one voice was adding to the meaning and my enjoyment of this song.
When the song was finished I sat down and then I got to thinking how a "voice" can do things to us. Some voices can be so reassuring. I recently sat in a doctor's office and heard a person say to my wife, "We're going to help you." It was said in such a way that was believable. Other voices can be alarming. Some voices can be commanding, some voices can offer hope.Some can speak in such away they offer nothing but disappointment or despair. Some voices we would just as soon not hear at all.
The thought I took from the morning experience is the question we might consider: I wonder how our voice sounds to others when they hear us speak?
December 3, 2017