Hello choir. I just wanted to say thank you for again, another memorable cantata. Secretly, I always hope each cantata touches you in a specific yet profound way…how the music lifts your souls up to meditate on God’s authorship of not just our lives, but throughout the entire story of time- how although we are just such a minuscule part of it, we all each have a great responsibility to live our lives praising Him. I hope you always see your importance in that and the great opportunity to do so…even through this ministry. Looking at some of the videos circulating through social media of some of our milestones, it gives me great affirmation of why we continue to strive for those arduous practices, and I hope you can see why sometimes I push you. I am very proud of how you take that push. Beautiful dynamics, choir! Accurate cut offs and unified tone! And the soloists, despite your hesitance and wavering confidence in your musical skill, I’m glad you pushed through it and overcame your fears to sing unto the Lord. You see the beauty after the practices and courage. God bless your hearts for this ministry.
Every beginning of the month, I play this song as an instrumental for our church service because it has always been one of my favorite hymns. As I play the notes, the lyrics always come flooding before me, challenging me to look upon the beauty and shame of the cross, and what it took for me to be forgiven. Unknowingly, the notes almost become heavy as the truth makes way amidst the melody. Then there is the last verse, that always humbles me and assures me of His victory, and the glory in store for us, despite us. And the chorus continues to be a ballast of hope, “I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.” It is not the actual cross, for many have been crucified prior to Jesus, but like everything else, without Jesus, everything is as it is. He alone is what gives meaning to the ordinary. And to the cross, He has brought a sacrifice, a price paid, so that through His wounds we are healed and brought back to the Father . The cross is just an emblem. Jesus is the reason we can someday exchange it for […]
hate can never be doused by hate, nor it can be dissipated by tolerance. love. only love can. When Jesus was asked what the two greatest commandments are, he replied. (1) Love the lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. (2) Love your neighbor as yourself. (Matt. 22:37-39)