Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 26, 2012

Sing a song with purpose


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I don’t feel very confident in my voice. I actually shy away from certain songs. Now, my voice isn’t horribly bad nor it is as painful as Cameron Diaz’s karaoke disaster in “My Best Friend’s Wedding.” However, shows like “American Idol” have hurt the average songbird as well. We don’t want to get booted out during the first hymn. Thankfully, church isn’t a competition.

It is a time to sing with joy just like the Children of the World International Children’s Choir.  Perhaps a joyful noise? And if we think we don’t have a clear purpose, let’s consider thankfulness, blessings, love, joy and the freedom to sing and worship. We are not all songbirds or musicians, but we can lift our voices just the same.

If these children can travel  halfway around the world, sing their hearts out, knowing they are singing for survival, I can sing every Sunday, even without those pretty dresses.

Jamie Parsell is the lifestyle editor of the Daily Telegraph. Contact her at


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