The Stuff of Life

Then They Began to Sing


The walls were made of tin and the roof was a hodgepodge of tattered tarps. Men and women from the village brought chairs for us to sit on as barefooted children crowded in taking their seats on roughly hewn benches.

As I sat with an American friend on one side and a Haitian pastor on the other, I felt oh so far from home. And I was, both literally and figuratively.  I was a foreigner intruding in someone else’s world.

Then they began to sing.

I couldn’t understand the words but the melody was familiar. Just weeks earlier I had listened to my own children sing Father Abraham and make the same silly motions. As I listened to collective voice of the Haitian children, I was no longer a stranger in a strange place. I was a fellow worshiper among a group of God’s people. My body was far away from my Iowa life, but my spirit was at home.

It is amazing to me how God has taken people from all over the world to be his own. My children sing Father Abraham in a modern church building with a concrete foundation, insulated walls and a solid roof above their heads. Children from the village of Thomaseau, Haiti sing in a makeshift building with a dirt floor and a roof that barely blocks out the hot sun. But God loves them the same. He loves the little boy in the front row with the Spiderman t-shirt just as much as he loves my own little boy on a field trip in his camouflage sweatshirt.

Lewis and Boy

And one day, we will all be worshiping together in God’s throne room in heaven, and we will not feel like strangers or foreigners, but like brothers and sisters. And it will be a day worth waiting for.

Revelation 7:9-10

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

**To learn more about Mission to Haiti and their incredible ministry, click the link in the column at the right.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

3 thoughts on “Then They Began to Sing

  1. I so love this image of all of us – all nations, tribes, people, standing before God. We definitely are all God’s children no matter where in the world we are.

  2. I was a pretty amazing experience to be a part of.

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