Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Make a Joyful Noise


“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.”
Listen for the sounds of worshiping and mirth.
Hear the trilling songs of birds in the trees,
The music of the wind, sighing in a breeze.

A joyful noise could be from the barking of a dog,
A chorus of cicadas, the croaking of a frog,
The purring of a cat, content to be alive,
The buzzing of bees, swarming in their hive.

Each individual makes their own joyful sound,
The gurgle of a baby, children laughing all around,
Singing in the shower, dancing in the rain,
Shouting, running, clapping, calling Jesus’ name.

Creation contains a myriad of joyful sounds everywhere
Which may be heard as music, rejoicing, worship or prayer.
Whatever the sound might be or however it is perceived,
All joyful noises made to the Lord are lovingly received.

© Connie Arnold
I thought this illustration from my Animal Sound Mix-up children's book was appropriate for this poem. It was done by Kit Grady. If you would like to see more of her illustrations, feel free to visit her website.



Donna McDine said...

Absolutely lovely :)

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you, Donna!

Karen Lange said...

I'd not thought much about the various joyful noises we might hear in the course of a day. Sometimes I step outside and listen, and hear a gentle breeze, birds, or cows (our property borders a farm). It is a blessing!

Connie Arnold said...

I agree, Karen. It is a blessing! I love the sound cows make.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Connie .. yes the sounds of summer and warm days as they filter through the windows and open doors - the noises as we walk ... silence if we're lucky too ... as I was yesterday on the silent coastal cliffs .. the sea was very calm ..

Lovely poem and illustration .. cheers Hilary

Connie Arnold said...

Hi Hilary, yes silence and calmness are lovely also. Thank you for your visit and kind comment!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful, Connie... I love listening to the sounds all around us. We sit outside early in the morning doing our devotions. There aren't many people out yet --so the 'joyful noises' we hear are the birds and other critters.... SO peaceful...

Thanks for sharing.

Connie Arnold said...

That sounds lovely and very peaceful, Betsy!

Lisabella Russo said...

That's really sweet Connie! I love the joy and beauty in it.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you, Lisa. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

DMS said...

The picture does match the poem. :)

Always love listening to happy sounds.

Connie Arnold said...

I thought they matched well too, Jess. Happy sounds are great to listen to! Thanks for your comment.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

You are so good at creating vivid images in your poetry. :)

Janet Johnson said...

Love this! So many ways to express joy.

Connie Arnold said...

Thank you, Sharon, that's nice of you to say!

Connie Arnold said...

Janet, glad you enjoyed it! These are just some of the ways to express joy that involve sounds. I know there are many more ways.