Today's Scripture: The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass." Pr. 19:12
5884. It's not the roar of a wild animal that concerns me as much as what separates us. JG
This week I looked for a certain musical score in my archives and found a "heavy" piece with Shelby Collier's signature on it. I recall singing this Cantata in the adult choir and Dr. Collier, my Music Minister, challenging me to learn the 4th Word, Baritone solo, something I never did before leaving for college. Shortly after that and not being a music major, the Union University Jazz band leader asked me to play guitar in the band. Then hearing me sing, put me in the chorale with music majors, gave me a copy of the "Elijah" Oratorio and said he would like to personally work with me. But before I could finish the semester, I signed up to be a Marine, something that didn't work out either.
Today I honor Dr. Shelby Collier, the Music Minister of my youth and all others who encouraged me musically in my life. He had his moments of frustration however. He often clinched his teeth and one day lost it. Taking off his shoe, he threw it above the heads of the rowdy boys on the back row to make them stop talking. I then remember Dr. Collier frequently telling me he could see me in his position. I remember laughing at him and saying, "There's no way I'll stand up in church and wave my hands like a crazy person." Later, I proved him right and served in several churches as the last of a dying breed of Music Ministers. There I encouraged people, young and old, the way I'd been encouraged. Sadly today, church music has sacrificed participation for performance and that is likely the reason why what was will never be again.
Thank You, Jesus, for teaching me to be an encourager in a world of criticizers.
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