Many of you know and love Lisa Smith. Sheâs the young woman with Down syndrome who has blessed us with her gift of signing at a number of Women of Faith conferences. A resident of Aubrey, Texas, Lisa has signed with Christian song artists Larnelle Harris, Kathy Troccoli, Avalon, the Women of Faith Worship Team, and last but not least, with her all time hero, Sandi Patty.
We've always heard the verse "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord". Saturday, that "joyful noise" was screamed in silence. Every year my sister and I take time together and go to the annual Women of Faith conference. This year was our fifth year to attend. It's a great event if you ever get to go. The conference centers on a theme with speakers, dramatists, and singers. The conference is a spiritual buffet, lots of variety and very filling.
She walked onto the stage and a smile instantly came to my heart. This familiar, vibrant face brought back memories of last year when I first witnessed the gift called Lisa. Lisa is a young lady who sings occasionally for the "Women of Faith" conferences. Watching her share her gift is like unwrapping a surprising, wonderful present. Her song filled the arena. It filled the arena with love; with love for her singing, with love for her friends on stage, but most of all, for the love she has for her Creator. What makes Lisa's voice so distinct? The voice of this lovely child of God comes from a person with the special needs of Down syndrome. But that is almost a side bar. Lisa's voice is so distinct because it does not reverberate from her mouth but extends from her hands. Lisa signs her songs.