As I was driving yesterday, a few lines from the nineteenth century hymn “Take My Life and Let It Be” came to mind. These lines in particular (which are sometimes grouped together in the same stanza, depending on the hymnal you consult):
Take my voice and let me sing always, only for my
Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from [also for] Thee
--Frances R. Havergal,
And then this thought came to mind: How have I used my voice today to
praise my King? Have my lips been filled with messages from or for God?
women alone among God’s creation are given the gift of speech – and many of
them, such as infants and those suffering from speech impediments, do not have
full use of that gift. How have I used my part of that gift today to proclaim
the Kingdom (Matthew 3 and 10), to proclaim the gospel of the grace of God
(Acts 20), to proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2), to
proclaim that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1), to proclaim
the excellencies of Him who called me out of darkness and into His marvelous
light (1 Peter 2), to tell of all His wondrous works (Psalm 105)? How have I
used my voice today to sing in praise of Christ’s redeeming work (Athanasius)?