As we entered the hospital room, we were greeted with the sin-curse of death. Another child of God was soon to “drop this robe of flesh” and rise to meet the Lord.
With hearts touched by the reality in front of us, we surrounded the bed and read Scripture. Then we broke into song. “In the Sweet By and By,” “It is Well With My Soul,” “When We All Get to Heaven,” “Blessed Assurance” and a few more.
As we sang, one would be overcome by emotion for a bit and their voice would fade or quiver. It was at that point that someone else would carry the lead.
After a song or two, some other folks dropped by and joined the bedside choir.
Standing there, I was reminded that this is how the Body of Christ operates.
First of all, we are to sing to one another. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:16-17).
Second, when a brother or sister is faltering, overcome by emotion, or in various situations of need, we do not criticize them, we just “take the lead” and help them bear their burden. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2).
Third, what a blessing it is when others refuse to just stand back and intentionally join the choir! Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord (Romans 12:11).
May I also add that the lady in the room next to us heard our singing which opened a later door for her to hear the gospel the next day.
To be a member of the Body of Christ and serve with others in His Body is the greatest privilege on earth!!