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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Tony Myles —  December 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

signlanguageforJesusImagine being a non-deaf child in a deaf household.

Lori Koch posted this video to YouTube of her daughter Koda (who isn’t deaf) signing the lyrics to some popular songs of the season. Lori and her husband are both deaf, and yet they were able to enjoy the concert through the extra efforts of their daughter serving them. You can tell Koda’s quite the ham – check it out.


This video is obviously inspiring and easily creates all the right warm fuzzies.

There’s something deeper here, though.

  • What if Koda represents what it means for you to share Jesus?
  • What if Lori represents what it means for someone to “hear” the message because another person (who can actually hear) explained it to them?

Around 3:08 in the video, you’ll notice something different happens for a few moments. According to Lori:

“Yea…that one was a whoopsie…obviously [the video] was done by a deaf person.  Ha.  I edited those few HA HA HA moments to slow motion because I loved how she acted it out, but didn’t think it would skew the audio.  That’s the one and only thing I would change, but a little too late now. ;-)

This is a great example of how we all flub a bit sharing the message… and yet, “So what?” Do those few seconds matter? Or is the greater win that Koda rocked the rest of it?

This Christmas you’ll have the opportunity to just go through the motions like everyone else around you.

On the other hand…

You’ll also have the opportunity to put in just a little bit more effort (and enjoy doing it) so that someone you love gets to hear what you hear.

Go… tell it on the mountain.

“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2:17-18)

Tony Myles

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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

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