Singing Good Vibrations Unto the Lord

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When my wife was pregnant with our first child, I remember putting headphones on her stomach and playing classical music and the Beach Boys so my unborn child could develop a love for music. Some say such an action can work. Others say I was nuts. Either way, I don’t care because I was forming a bond with my child before I even really knew him. When my first son was born, he didn’t start singing Good Vibrations, but it was as if we had already on some form of communication going on between us.

The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” God knew Jeremiah, and he knew us, even before we were born. I was interacting on some level with my unborn son, but I didn’t really know him. I didn’t know he would be born with curly hair. I didn’t know that as he grew he would have a natural talent with math. I didn’t know he would feel uncomfortable in front of a group or that he would be a fast runner. None of these things did I know about my son, but God knew it all. For even though my son was result of the love between my wife and me, I did not create my son. God created him. And then this person who he created and knew all inside and out was given to my wife and I as gift.

I pray every day that my son might grow ever closer to his heavenly Father. I don’t want him to drift away from me, but I want us to draw ever closer to God together. This is being a good steward with my children. I hope to one day hear my son sing a new song unto the Lord, even if it was not recorded by the Beach Boys.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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