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Sweet sound…

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples returned to their homes. But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. (John 20:1-18, NRSV)

Mary doesn’t know Jesus. She is distraught and weighed down with grief.

But then Jesus says her name. “Mary…” In the sweet sound of her name coming from the mouth of her Lord. She then knows Him and cries out to Him and comes to hold Him.

Oh the sweet sound of our name coming from the mouth of our Lord, it is the sound that can push back the tears, calm our fears, and help us to keep going.

Listen and you will hear Him call your name.

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Sing!

161119O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. The LORD has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98, NRSV)

Make a joyful noise to the Lord!

Notice what the psalmist said there. They said make a joyful noise.

They said make a joyful noise.

Not Make a pretty in tune sound that fits nicely with everything else happening around you.

Nope. The psalmist said, “Make a joyful noise!”

So sing out and sing proudly, even if you think you can’t sing, because God loves to hear the joy in our singing, in our noise. He doesn’t want pretty. He wants you to praise Him joyfully!

 

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Sound Quotes

The empty vessel makes the loudest sound. ~ William Shakespeare

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. ~ Douglas Adams

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. ~ Plato

All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. ~ Voltaire

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. ~ Soren Kierkegaard

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. ~ Alan Dundes

The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. ~ Henry Beston

Death is the sound of distant thunder at a picnic. ~ W. H. Auden

The bass, no matter what kind of music you’re playing, it just enhances the sound and makes everything sound more beautiful and full. When the bass stops, the bottom kind of drops out of everything. ~ Charlie Haden

I don’t like the sound of my voice. ~ Megan Fox

As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me. ~ Brian Eno

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever. ~ Nancy Lopez

I do love perusing the dictionary to find how many words I don’t use – words that have specific, sharp, focused meaning. I also love the sound of certain words. I love the sound of the word pom-pom. ~ Geoffrey Rush

I go where the sound of thunder is. ~ Alfred M. Gray

Sound is the vocabulary of nature. ~ Pierre Schaeffer

There’s something about the sound of a train that’s very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful. ~ Paul Simon

For me it’s always contingent on getting a sound-the sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be. So it’s always sound first and then the line afterwards. ~ Brian Eno

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness. ~ Milan Kundera

Your limitations create your sound. ~ Norah Jones

If you’re feeling emotional when you’re creating something, it’ll sound that way. ~ Steve Vai

Listen to the sound of silence. ~ Paul Simon

As far as I’m concerned, ‘whom’ is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler. ~ Calvin Trillin

The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie. ~ George Lucas

When you hear a large symphony orchestra. for instance, in a concert hall, there’s a big, sweeping sound that just doesn’t get on to a record. ~ Teddy Wilson

I’m a rapper… Gaga’s a fantastic artist, you know, she paved her way. She’s opened her own lane. But I think that I have my own lane. And we never cross. Ever. So, you know, I really don’t get the comparison anymore. Our music doesn’t sound the same. Our stage presence is not the same. I just can’t see the similarities. ~ Nicki Minaj

The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers. ~ Matsuo Basho

Music is what our feelings sound like. ~ Vera Farmiga

I like to jump some rope and swing kettle bells to get my blood pumping. It makes my voice sound better, and it clears my head. ~ Harry Connick, Jr.

It’s all about sound. It’s that simple. ~ Eddie Van Halen

You’ll find that empty vessels make the most sound. ~ Johnny Rotten

If you’re not Prince, you’re never going to sound like Prince. ~ Gwen Stefani

I don’t listen to music when I write. I need silence so I can hear the sound of the words. ~Mohsin Hamid

‘Benedict’ means ‘blessed.’ My parents liked the sound of the name and felt slightly blessed because they’d been trying for a child for a very long time. ~ Benedict Cumberbatch

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. ~ Agnes de Mille

A good voice isn’t so important. It’s more important to sound really unique. ~ Stephen Malkmus

I sounded like myself. People be saying I sound like Miles or Clifford Brown. ~ Wynton Marsalis

The movie Spinal Tap rocked my world. It’s for rock what The Sound of Music was for hills. They really nailed how dumb rock can be. ~ Jack Black

Every Christmas should begin with the sound of bells, and when I was a child mine always did. But they were sleigh bells, not church bells, for we lived in a part of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where there were no churches. ~ Paul Engle

When I watch a movie, I don’t make a sound or move. The more I’m into the movie, the more bored I look. ~ Rob Zombie

Speaking is what most people work on. They forget the thinking and the breathing and instead try to occupy space with sound. ~ Margaret Heffernan

A linguistic system is a series of differences of sound combined with a series of differences of ideas ~ Ferdinand de Saussure

I think people have been really receptive to understanding that I’ve grown up and the music’s going to sound a little different. ~ Joe Jonas

I think we love bacon because it has all the qualities of an amazing sensory experience. When we cook it, the sizzling sound is so appetizing, the aroma is maddening, the crunch of the texture is so gratifying and the taste delivers every time. ~ Alexandra Guarnaschelli

A laugh is a weird sound, and when you get a couple thousand people making it at once, it’s really strange. But when I can feel proud of myself for causing it, it’s great. ~ Billy Crystal

I love a visceral sound, the kind that hits you in the belly. ~ Esa-Pekka Salonen

Theaters are great. They’re designed to sound good, not for basketball. ~ Les Claypool

My music is very personal. I’ve created it in solitude. I face a white wall and beller. I like that sound – the expression of loneliness. That’s what it’s all about. ~ Dwight Yoakam

If it wasn’t for 2 Live Crew videos wouldn’t look like they do and rappers wouldn’t sound like they do. ~ Luther Campbell

A lot of times, when a band finds success with a certain style or sound, they have a really hard time breaking away from that to grow as artists. ~ Matt Cameron

I keep these songs in my head until I get behind the microphone. I never spend more than 30 or 40 minutes singing the vocal or it will sound mechanical. There are always mistakes, but it’s about feeling more than being perfect. ~ Brian McKnight

I was made fun of a lot in high school because of the way I sound and the way I was. ~ Chris Colfer

I tend to thrive on being misquoted. It’s the only way I sound good. ~ Jamie Campbell Bower

It’s never what you say, but how you make it sound sincere. ~ Marya Mannes

Heard in full sound, the Gospels tell about the establishment of a theocracy, and portray what theocracy looks like with Jesus as king. ~ N. T. Wright

The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white. ~ Wassily Kandinsky

Now that the 90’s are over and more time has gone by, the 80’s sound fresh again. ~ Nina Blackwood

The color of the mountains is Buddha’s body; the sound of running water is his great speech. ~ Dogen

Music is organized sound. ~ Edgard Varese

The blues – the sound of a sinner on revival day. ~ William Christopher Handy

I was left with an urge to make the guitar sound like things it shouldn’t be able to sound like. ~ Adrian Belew

I think that George Lucas’ ‘Star Wars’ films are fantastic. What he’s done, which I admire, is he has taken all the money and profit from those films and poured it into developing digital sound and surround sound, which we are using today. ~ Peter Jackson

Laughter is the mind’s intonation. There are ways of laughing which have the sound of counterfeit coins. ~ Edmond de Goncourt

The sound of the orchestra is one of the most magnificent musical sounds that has ever existed. ~ Chick Corea

Fortunately, as we all know, it’s impossible for anybody but Jimmy Smith to really sound like Jimmy Smith. ~ Benmont Tench

It’s the group sound that’s important, even when you’re playing a solo. ~ Oscar Peterson

Reading the Gospels, without the personality of Jesus, is like watching television with the sound turned off. ~ John Eldredge

I’ve come more to terms with the fact that I sound like myself. No matter what I do, I sound like myself. ~ Sondre Lerche

In the beginning, there was silence. And out of the silence came the sound. The sound is not here. ~ Daniel Barenboim

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting, I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant sound an appropriate place to live. ~ Adrian Belew

I have to choose my words carefully because I don’t want to sound like one of those who goes on about how things were better in my day. ~ Graham Taylor

The biggest compliment I get is that I don’t sound like anybody else. I think I value that as the highest compliment. ~ Burton Cummings

With technology now, you can go in and sing a song, and for $100,000, you will sound flawless. ~ Vince Neil

Before sight and sound hijacked our attention, we shared with all life a sort of common sense, a chemical sense that depended on direct contact with matter in the water or the air. ~ Lyall Watson

Some persons talk simply because they think sound is more manageable than silence. ~ Margaret Halsey

I don’t have a problem with delegation. I love to delegate. I am either lazy enough, or busy enough, or trusting enough, or congenial enough, that the notion leaving tasks in someone else’s lap doesn’t just sound wise to me, it sounds attractive. ~ John Ortberg

 
 

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