I first began learning American Sign Langauge (ASL) when I was in third grade. A woman from my church came into my Sunday School class and taught us the basics along with the signs for a song which we performed during a church service a few months later. I fell in love with the language and using my hands to communicate and have been using it ever since.
I took a few other classes, including one with a deaf teacher, unfortunately I have had very few opportunities to talk with the deaf something I have always regretted. I love being able to count to high numbers on my fingers on one hand, and I sometimes use fingerspelling to figure out how to spell a word I cannot remember off the top of my head.
The main way I currently use ASL is to sign songs. At my old church I would often stand up in front during worship and sign one of the worship songs. I cannot tell you how many people came up to me after these services to tell me how my signing helped them worship.
While I have not been able to do this at my current church, I do it for myself in my seat and I cannot tell you how much it helps me worship. Expressing myself through my hands to God is incredible. I feel closer to God when I sign a worship song, much more than singing and raising my hands. I wish I was fluent in ASL so I could sign every song, but I’m not, so I sign the songs I performed at my old church or ones that I know most of the signs for off the top of my head. My favorite word to sign is “hallelujah” and if that is in a song I will often sign that word by itself. That’s probably why my favorite song to sign is “Angus Dei” by Micheal W Smith, because it uses that word so many times.
Day 20: Thank you Lord for ASL not only as a way for the deaf to communicate, but as a way for me to feel closer to you in worship.
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