Sing it back to me


Sing it back to me


Written by ANDRÉE SEU

January 24, 2012, 8:56 AM

At his caucus night rally in Iowa, GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum quoted:

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and who can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

I loved it as a picture of perfect Christian fellowship:

“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:12-13).

When many of us got saved, there was a song in our hearts. At least I know I had one, and it was very distinct in the months preceding my final bow of the knee to Christ. I was in the breathtaking Alps of Switzerland when the light started to dawn, so the joy was enhanced by my surroundings. There was a too-good-to-be-true excitement in me, almost a reluctance to believe, lest I be disappointed.

Christian fellowship isn’t just doughnuts and coffee in the fellowship room between the service and Sunday school classes. It is reviving the songs in each other’s hearts. Our song for Christ may grow faint until we can hardly hear it. Why does this happen? I believe we have a tendency to drift, to move away from prayer and God’s Word and from examining ourselves to make sure we are walking in the faith. But drift is not inevitable, and it is reversible.

It is good to have people around you who are still singing the song of Christ with full-throated voice. They will call you back to the song and will remind you of the words. We can take turns pulling each other up. Puddleglum is the one who rouses Jill and Eustace and Prince Rillian back to faith and sanity when the White Witch has nearly caused them to succumb to delusion by her magic arts (The Silver Chair).

Have a Puddleglum in your life, and aspire to be one.