Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Use for new suit #3

We were asked to be the family that lights the fourth advent candle at church last Sunday.
Drew got to use the bic lighter. ("I should bring our propane torch...") Max read the paragraph explaining why the fourth candle symbolizes peace. I read Luke 2: 8 - 14. Clint, wearing his suit jacket over an argyle sweater, was the eye candy.

In the truck, waiting for Clint to get his butt out of the house, I practiced reading the Bible passage out loud. "You're NOT using that voice are you?" Max asked, horrified.
"What voice?"
"That sucky voice. Use your normal voice."
"This is my voice. I only have one."
"No you're using that sweet church voice. It's gross. Just be rough like usual."

At the front of the church, after hunting down a microphone, and with everyone watching us, Max tried to back out of his role. He passed the paper to Clint, indicating he was unable to fulfill his obligations due to the fact that the glob of blech he had just sniffed back was caught hanging halfway between his nasal passage and his esophagus. Clint, not prepared to be anything more than the body his suit hangs on, did not accept the last minute job change.
Max went on to read his part clearly and with expression.

The microphone was passed to me and I found I needed to restart twice due to the frog that had taken up residence in my throat.

All in all, considering this took place before 10:30 a.m. on a weekend morning, I thought we did quite well.

Of course, as is usually the case when I feel a smidgeon of pride, someone deflates me. One of Max's friends commented that he could tell Max was struggling with snot issues up there, but "I was surprised that you sounded more nasaly than he did, Mrs. O..."

Not two words I would have used to describe my voice.
Sounds are obviously in the ear of the beholder.

Three things I'm thankful for:
1. Flex hours. Vacation hours. Stat holidays.
2. Not just junk n bills in the mailbox.
3. No homework or bagged lunches this week.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Read the above passage out loud. I dare you to try.

No one's listening. Give it a shot.

Did you use your sucky voice?
You sounded all sweet and gentle, didn't you?

It happens.
It's impossible to use one's "take the garbage out now" voice when reading the Bible.
Jus sayin'

Merry Christmas...

1 comment:

My Thots said...

You're definately right - my "get that room clean NOW" voice doesn't work for scripture. I hope you are having a great week. Thanks for the card and picture. Good lookin' boys!!