Sorority Sisters, the Senior Citizen, and Singing a New Song

The women of Delta Delta Delta spent time singing carols and socializing with the residents at my Dad’s place the other day. Afterwards, Dad walked them to the door to see them off and started to step aside as they gathered together for a final picture. The sorority sisters were having none of that and brought him into their midst. They posted this on their Facebook page:

Dad and the Tri-Delts

At 93, it’s easy to tell which one is my dad. He’s the one not doing the sorority scrunch for the photograph. Dad told me all about the visit when we talked on the phone that night, and had a copy of the picture with him when I picked him up to go out for coffee a few days later.

Gray Hair, New Songs

There is something to be said about being young and about being old:

The glory of youths is their strength,
    but the beauty of the aged is their gray hair.
(Proverbs 20:29.)

The kingdom of God brings both together, and does it like the women of Tri-Delta did: with song.

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13.)

When God provides the song, he invites you to sing along:

Praise the Lord from the earth,
young men and women,
    old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
    for his name alone is exalted;
    his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
(Psalm 148:7, 12-13.)

He does not discriminate by age, nor by whether the person is a woman or a man, when it comes to speaking out the gospel – the good news – of Jesus. All can join in.

In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
(Acts 2:17-18.)

  • When the old sing the song of the gospel, listen.
  • When the young sing the song of gospel, listen.
  • When women sing the song of the gospel, listen.
  • When men sing the song of the gospel, listen.
  • When children sing the song of the gospel, listen.

No matter who is singing the song of the gospel, don’t just listen. Sing along.

And just what is this gospel?

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
(John 3:16-17.)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
(Romans 8:1-2.)

Freedom from sin and death, and receiving eternal life with Jesus. This is good news worth singing about.

Join in the song.


In this season of Advent, here is a song of the gospel for us all to sing along with from Reawaken Hymns:

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.


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6 Responses to Sorority Sisters, the Senior Citizen, and Singing a New Song

  1. Laura Droege says:

    I love this story and your thoughts, Tim. A few weeks ago, our church worship leaders performed a song based on those verses from Revelation. The really cool part is that after the leaders had sung most of the verses and gone through the chorus, the leader invited us to stand and join with them on the chorus:
    To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
    for ever and ever!”
    I’d been quite depressed that previous week and hadn’t wanted to go to church at all, but as they sang and the congregation sang, everyone from the itty bitty kids to the gray-haired older folks and everyone in between, the music helped lifted my spirits. I got a momentary reprieve of the depression and a taste of heaven. This story reminded me of that. Thanks.

    PS: I had forgotten that verse from Proverbs, too, though it’s a timely reminder as my hair is ever-so-slowly going gray.

    • Tim says:

      You lived that moment I was merely writing about, Laura. God blesses us through people and song, and sometimes song and people at the same time.

      P.S. Allow me to welcome you to the gray-haired set. As you can see from that picture of my dad and the young women, if I live long enough I’ll get white hair.

  2. Jeannie Prinsen says:

    Beautiful picture and great thoughts, Tim. We can all join in this song, no matter our age or stage of life. And yeah, those gray hairs….!

    I love “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus” — such beautiful words. That’s a lovely version too.

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