Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan
Life is a Hymn
It is a great thing to write a song that endures. To have composed such a hymn as "Havoon Havoon" (St. Gregory of Narek) or "Aravod Looso" (St. Nerses Shnorhali) is a greater achievement than to have built a pyramid. But we cannot all write songs. We are not all poets, able to weave sweet thoughts into rhythmic verse that will charm men's souls. We cannot all make hymns which shall come as messengers of peace, comfort, joy, or inspiration to weary lives. Only to a few men and women in a generation is the poet's tongue given.
But there is a way in which we may all make songs; we can make our own life a song if we will. It does not need the poet's gift and art to do this, nor does it require that we shall be taught and trained in colleges and universities. We need only to be kind and loving.
God wants all our lives to be songs. He gives us the Words in the duties and the experiences of our lives which come to us day by day, and it is our part to set them to music through our obedience and submission.
If we are really Christ's, and walk with Him, we cannot but sing.
"Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King over all the earth. Praise him with a psalm." (Psalm 47:6-7)