I had an awesome day yesterday! I love the way that God uses music to speak to my soul! Yesterday, as I was in the choir, looking out over the congregation, I saw my teenage daughter and her friend singing and grinning to the music. They were all smiles and were making up little hand motions to go along with the music. They were having fun. I loved seeing their bright beautiful smiles and twinkling eyes- a little mischevious and very joyful! It warmed my heart.
Yesterday afternoon I had the extreme pleasure of going to listen to the Highland Camerata perform thier Winter Concert at Galax Presbyterian Church. The church was full to overflowing and beautifully decorated. Fresh green swags of pine boughs adorned with red bows were gracefully hanging over the old wood framed doorways. It was simple, yet elegant. I went with a friend and we sat in the second row, providing a perfect vantage point! We snuggled in close next to some other FUMC folks and it was cozy! When the group came in I leaned over and told my friend that they were going to “blow us away!” I said that because there were so many of them! ( approx.40) The women were all dressed in black dresses with see through sleeves and the men were wearing tuxes. They were a handsome group!
The Director’s name was Mary Whartenby and her accompanist was Patty Davis. God has truly gifted these two beautiful ladies with a love for music! Mary’s countenance was one of grace and joy and you could tell by her body language, expression, hand movements, etc. that she was in her element! I loved, loved, loved watching her “perform.” I noticed a connection right away and as I sat and listened and watched I could see and feel the connection between her, Patty and the group. It was like a dance. Beautiful! Flowing, graceful and filled with pure joy. Her eyes twinkled as she talked and her smile was contagious! As Mary’s arms and hands did thier conducting dance between her accompanist, and the sopranos, tenors, basses and altos I was reminded of how God conducts us! The north, south, east and west; the sun, moon and stars; the surf, wind, rain and fire. God is always moving gracefully among His people on earth, just as Mary did with her elegant chorus and musicians! Oh it was beautiful music for my soul. At times I could not contain myself and I wanted to jump and shout with glee, like a little kid on Christmas morning! I found myself making a connection with a woman in the back row. At one point our eyes made contact and she grinned at me and I grinned right back. From that point on we kept glancing at one another from time to time. I realized that I was her feedback, just as she was mine.
I recently joined our choir and have been made aware of how important it is for us, in the choir, to put on a joyful face and have fun singing! If we don’t do it, then how will the congregation? We are to send the Christ light out into the world and this is one of the ways we can do that! One of our choir members is a perfect example of this and she sings with great joy and enthusiasm. I saw that in this group also. Many of the members of this group were singing with great facial expressions and it was hard for me to NOT respond with mine. God gave us the gift of JOY and we need to express it more openly, not hold it in, stop sitting on our hands. Last night during our SNL service Jay said that we were all their to worship and if we wanted to dance in the aisles, then go ahead and do it! We have so much to be joyful about!!!!!!!!! Christ the King came to the earth as a baby in a manger and He grew up here. He died here. He returned here, fully resurrected and He has promised that He will come back to get us one day too! Today He lives in eternity with God the Father and there He spends His time preparing a home for us and one day we will get to spend all of eternity with Him! He will take away all of our sorrows, fears, hurts, and pain and replace them with a new body; one that is pure, holy and sinless! Don’t worry! Be Happy! Isn’t that worth singing about?
Today is my 48th birthday and I have to say that I am looking FORWARD, with great anticipation, to this next year. Every year that I get older, I grow a little more in Christ and I look forward to the day when I can sit in eternity and be fully filled with His love, peace and joy! It will be a day of wonderment….just like a child on Christmas morning! I want to spend everyday from here on out, gleefully unwrapping the gift of another day, expectantly waiting to see what God has in store for each new day and embracing it with all my might! Thank you Lord for another day, another year and another chance to work for your Kingdom with JOY!
Thank you Mary Whartenby and the Highland Camerata group! You were all amazing and your performance was the best birthday present I could ask for! I looked forward to hearing you all week long! I know that God saved those two seats in the front just for us! God has gifted you all and I thank Him for your commitment, reverence and joy! It has made this Christmas season one that I will never forget! Never underestimate the power of music! Every good and wonderful gift comes down from the Father of Lights and I thank Him for your gifts! You use them well!
I stand in awe!
With much gratitude,