Thursday night, my husband Rick and I were coming home listening to The Eagles Greatest Hits CD. Back in the 70′s during the eight-track era, we loved Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and The Eagles.
We still do.
“Hole in the World” came on. Oh, those voices! “Sing for me,” I said in the middle of the song.
“Nah, not tonight.”
I didn’t think he would. I’d only heard my husband sing beside me in church–always quietly, but I had a feeling he could carry a tune.
And then all of a sudden he belted it out with Don Henley. “…until we learn to love one another, we will never reach the promised land...”
Rick’s voice intertwined with Don’s so beautifully, I couldn’t tell them apart.
He looked at me and grinned. “Sing with me.”
“Are you kidding me? No way. I can’t. Not like that.” I remembered church choir as a teenager. I wasn’t a soprano or an alto, so I moved my lips and mumbled a lot.
“Sing Glen Frey’s part,” Rick said. “He’s back-up. It’s a chorus.”
“No, thanks. You and Don are doing just fine.”
Two days later, Saturday night rolled around. I gathered my courage. I’d been practicing. My heart pounded as we got in the car. “Okay, I’ll sing with you this time.”
Rick found song number sixteen on the CD.
I started out softly, “There’s a hole in the world tonight…” practically whispering.
“You got it! Now sing like you mean it.”
I took a deep breath and let loose. Wow! We were singing together–the two of us with Don and Glenn! After 33 years of marriage, a duet, and we weren’t too shabby.
Felt like the night we danced at our daughter’s wedding.
It’s never too late to encourage someone you love.
To believe in them.
To say, “You can do it.”
“…encourage each other, and build one another up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
Has anyone encouraged you like that? It matters, doesn’t it!
P.S. # 710 in my gratitude journal…”Singing a duet with my husband!”