Finer Things Friday- The Power of Music

finerthings I have loved music for as long as I can remember. It is quite possible I came out of the womb singing. And so many of life’s memoires are wrapped up in various songs. Music is incredibly woven into my life.

My kids are equally enamored with music. Lily can frequently be found singing or at the piano. If Hannah isn’t dancing, she is singing nonsensical words to some song (seriously cracks me up). And Silas bounces and claps to anything with a beat. It is fully my intention to raise my kids in a house full of music.

Last night I had the privilege of going to a wonderful woman’s ministry event at our church. Women sign up to host a table and decorate it beautifully for their guests. I happened to sign up to host for the first time. Hospitability isn’t exactly my forte. Decorating isn’t really either. Come to think of it I am not sure why I volunteered to do that. But I did and shared hosting duties with my mom. She brought a friend and I brought my mother in law. The other tickets at my table were purchased by a nurse, her Alzheimer’s patient and the patient’s two daughters.

The woman with Alzheimer’s arrived in a wheel chair. She had a bright smile on her face, but needed a lot of assistance. She needed help to remember how to hold her fork and eat. She wasn’t able to converse much. She didn’t seem very aware of her surroundings.

Everything changed when we started singing Christmas carols. Over all the women’s voices singing, my ears caught the sound of her voice. Loud and clear she sang every word to those songs. Tears sprung to my eyes as I listened. Here was a woman who wasn’t aware of much, but she still knew music. So during Silent Night, I just sat…..silent….and listened to her sing. And thought that is probably the most beautiful worship God heard that evening. It was the most beautiful for me.

This post is linked to Finer Things Friday at Amy’s Finer Things.


  1. Beautiful words Jill!

  2. The music of the whole night was touching my heart and bringing tears to my eyes. Now your post touches me again and brings fresh tears to my eyes and heart. The daughters said that music had always been an important part of there mother’s life. Maybe she came out of the womb singing, too!!

  3. Christie says:

    My grandma is deep in Alzheimer’s. Thankfully, she still usually recognizes family as family, although she often calls us by the wrong generations names (my aunt is my grandma’s sister, I am often my mother). However, when someone plays a familiar song on the piano or she hears something on TV,she’s right back to 75 years ago and singing along, It’s so wonderful that music really does transcend. I love hearing her sing “Old Rugged Cross” or “O Holy Night”

  4. nicolerenae says:

    We had a similar experience while visiting our friend Traci in hospice. She didn’t have Alzheimer’s, but she was still at a point where she couldn’t remember a lot of things. Traci and Rick sang together for about an hour and she remembered every word. I’ll never forget that hour we spent with her!
    That’s awesome that you were able to have those women at your table and have such a special experience that night! I would like to host a table at Expressions of Christmas sometime too, even though decorating isn’t really my thing either!

  5. Alissa says:

    This definitely brought tears to my eyes!

  6. Beautiful – so glad you shared this. My good friend had a similar experience with her Aunt who, at the time of her death, wasn’t able to remember much, but she knew Jesus Loves Me and other songs she learned so many years before in Sunday School.

  7. Precious. Just precious.
    Thanks for sharing this, Jill.
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  8. So beautiful, Jill! I compare this to hearing my littles singing. There is so much power in the little voice of a 3-year old singing the Revelation Song, it’s amazing.
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