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Monday, January 12 2015
A Lasting Tribute
Monday, January 12, 2015         
       As we were waiting to depart to the cemetery in my sister Alice’s funeral this past Friday morning, we heard on the radio of the passing of a favorite singer and song writer of mine, Andrae Crouch. When I got home later in the day and finally had time to sit in front of my computer, I immediately searched the internet to hear again some of the songs he has written. I thought my favorite was “Through It All” and then I heard all his others that are found on the you tube website. After a while I no longer could figure out which one of these was my favorite: “The Promise”, “My Tribute”, “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power”, “Soon And Very Soon”, “I Don’t Know Why”, or “It Won’t Be Long.” I think I heard his songs for over an hour and I confess that I cried all the way through, saturating a nearby towel with disgusting nasal matter. If you love music with a meaningful message and the kind you can relate to, I challenge you to listen to his songs for a few minutes and see if you can keep from crying. One thing is for sure: in the end, you will be very glad that you did.
       I think that now that he is in Heaven, Andrae Crouch will finally realize just how much his music touched the hearts of multitudes. I read where he struggled with dyslexia all his life and that amazed me even more at the talent and gifts God bestowed upon him in spite of his condition. It reminded me of these truths Hannah, Samuel’s mother, expressed in her prayer of praise to God in 1 Samuel, Chapter 2: "The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.” (vs 4) “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.” (vs 8) Crouch’s accomplishments should serve as a reminder that God bestows gifts even upon those whom the world may perceive as incapable or unfit. Paul advised the Corinthian Church members to “covet earnestly the best gifts” (1 Cor. 12:31) and to me they are those who touch others the most and last the longest. Perhaps, that is one reason that I love to write “things.” It thrills my heart to think that someone somewhere will be blessed by reading one of the simple little “things” I wrote, long after I have left this world.
       Since we are still in the infant stage of this new year, I hope Andrae Crouch’s example will encourage you to employ the gift(s) God has given you. The contribution that God’s children make to this world can be a lasting one. Just think about it; a hundred years from now someone may still be getting a benefit from something you shared with them while you were still upon the earth. If that’s the case, and to borrow a very well known phrase from one of Andrae Crouch’s memorable songs, “To God be the Glory!”
Memory verse for the week: (John 12:26) “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am , there shall also my servant be : if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 02:41 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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