We here at FLM are pleased to introduce a regular column by Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes , entitled, Joyful Noise.
My mother–a devout Christian–always used to say throughout my childhood, “I can’t sing well, but I do make a joyful noise.”
She referred, of course, to the verse in Psalm 100: “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.” (KJV) And what she meant was that while she didn’t have much of a singing voice, she still had something meaningful to give–a sacrifice of praise, if you will.
And that is what we all have, ultimately. The most beautiful singing and the most wretched croaking, are much in the same in the eyes of God. The widow’s two mites were valued more highly than the more substantial gift of another’s, because she gave so much out of what she had.
I am a mother, a priest’s wife, a photographer, artist, and many other things. Amidst all that, I am an Orthodox Christian, here to give you what little I may have–my joyful noise.