The promise was made on Monday evening. “If you will come to church tomorrow I will play your favorite song.” All week the pianist had worked to select an offertory that would keep the promise he had made. The elderly woman made her way carefully into the back of the church and sat down waiting expectantly. The selection was a medley of two songs, “God Will Take Care of You” and “How Great Thou Art”. The pianist played the medley and after the service made his way to the pew where the lady sat. She expressed dismay. Since her favorite hymn was the last selection, she felt that the pianist had not kept his promise.
That elderly lady was a dear neighbor of ours. At first we were just casual friends. Then something happened that changed our friendship. My friend lost her grandson to spinal meningitis. My youngest son had struggled with spinal meningitis when he was six month olds. It was a long difficult battle that kept him in the hospital for ten days. By the time he was ready to go home I was exhausted. God had brought us through. Thank you Lord! I knew what it felt like to face the emotions and struggles of that disease.
Our friendship changed after that. My friend became almost like a mother to me. We could talk about almost anything. She was the only I really felt I could trust. She listened patiently each time and gave her advice. Never once did she break her promise to keep my problems confidential.
In January of 2005 our relationship changed again. Her daughter called me early in the morning. Her mother had woken up disoriented. She had suffered a stroke. It seemed to affect her speech more than anything else. She was frustrated that she couldn’t express things easily any more. She had to have someone take care of her now and her sense of independence was lost. I usually sat with her once a week praying that God would permit her to recover.
After six long months she was finally ready to come back to church. She had missed the fellowship of other Christians and wanted to hear her favorite song. “How Great Thou Art”. On the first day that she attended church after her stroke she waited for the song that gave her inner peace. She was the one who was disappointed.
Together my husband and I searched for a compact disc that had the song on it. It was from a fairly new Christian group. We took it over to her house, hoping that it would be a blessing to her. As the strains of that song began to play, a change came over our friend. Tears streamed down her face and her eyes lit up with joy. The glow on her face revealed the picture of a saint who had spent her life serving God. Even her daughter was amazed at the expression and emotions on her face. She kept the compact disc and anytime she wanted to hear the song she just had to press “six” on the player.
God is always faithful and keeps his promises. His Word gives us guidance and as you hide that Word in your heart you will have peace and a new focus. His peace calms us and gives us assurance that He is always with us. But where does the real music come from? The music and harmony come from the Lord who helps us along our journey in life. He will play the chords, keep on the right key, and compose a song just for you. He really is a great God!
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
1 Chronicles 29:11A (NKJV)
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