Absent Without Leave

My voice went AWOL on me this past week. Blame it on seasonal allergies (which I usually don’t have) or just a nasty spring cold, but I spent the better part of the week trying to communicate with anything from a hoarse whisper to a croaking, cough-infused version of my former speaking voice. And forget the singing voice. It’s still AWOL.

What a difference one little part of our bodies can make. Having next to no voice made it difficult and at times impossible to do certain tasks and carry on with life as normal. Maybe because life is not normal when a part of our bodies is missing or not functioning the way it should, huh?

The staff at the pharmacy probably thought they were dealing with some weirdo prank caller on my first voiceless morning when I called to ask advice from the pharmacist. I pretty much gave up on phone calls after that, though I did talk to Kelli when she called one day. Poor thing had to listen to me cough and hack my way through that conversation.

Choir was definitely out, and when my voice started to return, I had to apologize for how it sounded every time I spoke to someone new. I also couldn’t make myself heard if I was more than a few feet away, and I’m still trying to figure out why Don thought I could answer him when he yelled at me from another room :)

I’m living proof this week that our lives are definitely hampered when a part of the body goes AWOL. And you know that’s true not only for our physical bodies, but for the body of Christ — the church– as well. Scripture likens the church to a physical body, and the comparison is an apt one.

Since as believers, we are each part of the body and each have a role to fulfill or a function to perform, what do you suppose happens when one or more members of the body goes AWOL? Yes, the rest of the body finds it difficult and even impossible at times to carry on its normal tasks. They may have to give up a vital service or ministry or, at the very least, apologize for a role being inadequately or half-heartedly filled.

So let’s ask ourselves today what kind of body part we are. Let’s not be the ones to make life difficult for our churches. Let’s not go AWOL on the body of Christ.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

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  1. Oh Cheryl I’m do sorry you have been without a voice this week. I can’t imagine your frustration, but I would have probably worn out a pen and paper! :)

    Hope your voice improves 100%!

  2. Praying that you are feeling better today. I went through two weeks like that of cold, congestion and no voice.

    Praying a blessed Holy week for you and your family Cheryl.

    Much love!

  3. In our new appointment, we’ve had a couple of “take-our-ball-and-go-home” kind of moments involving members of our church. It’s caused us no small amount of stress… our congregation is small and everyone is needed. I know that we all have our personal podiums, giftings and graces, but at the end of the day, we need to keep the body in tact.

    Easily spoken; harder to live.


  4. Amen, Sister! I pray that your voice returns, soon. Have a blessed holy week!

  5. I sure hope you get better soon. Seems our son would always act up when I had no voice to correct him. So frustrating. At least you can still blog.

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