November 25

25A Thought: Thankful for Music.

My mother began her teaching career in the little town of St. Charles, AR as an English teacher and Choral Music Director. After their move in the ’40’s to Camden, AR, she sang with my father in the Chancel Choir as a Second Soprano, for years. Her legacy for music was passed on to me. Although I didn’t inherit her great piano skills, I can play a little and still play my flute. I also am a second soprano in voice.
Yesterday I put Laine Austin on my lap and took her little fingers and introduced her to her great grandmother’s piano. We did the “C” scale, “chop-sticks” (she liked that one!), and then, she “accompanied” me as I played the hymn “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” I couldn’t help but think Mom was smiling down from Heaven. The news station just said the radio station B98.5 is playing Christmas music. I’ve been playing it for awhile, and on Sunday at church, we will have a service of music, lessons, and families adorning the Chrismon tree( a tree holding white and gold monograms/symbols of Christ), as it is the first Sunday of the 4-week Advent season before Christmas.
They say “music is the language of the soul.” We’ve all experienced how music can lift our spirits and bring strong associations to mind with memories to certain songs. So, today I celebrate music—all kinds(except rap!).
May you feel a song of thanks in your heart today!

Ephes. 5:19 “Greet one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”

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