I am currently studying the book of Colossians, but it’s impossible to get past the first three verses without noticing the thanks Paul gave.
Before the teaching.
Before the exhortation.
Before anything else.
We always thank God.
A close study of Paul’s letters reveals a consistent heart-attitude of thanks. Paul gave thanks. And no study of any kind, no matter how intellectually riveting, can rival a genuine heart of gratitude for the grace God gives.
Thus, if we are to follow Paul’s example, and even more importantly, if we are to follow Christ’s example, we must cultivate of lifestyle of offering thanks – for things both great and small.
This weekend my husband and I volunteered to chaperone for our teenage daughter’s choir retreat. Along with 32 teenagers and a few other chaperones, we rode a school bus to a remote campground where rustic cabins dotted the wooded landscape.
The choir director devoted the weekend to some fun activities for the Chamber Choir to bond and, of course, to several rehearsals.
While Jeff and I listened to their new repertoire of Christmas music, we marveled at this talented group of singers. These kids have been with this same music teacher since they were in the sixth grade, so by now – their junior and senior year of high school – they are as good as any university choir I’ve ever heard. (Please pardon the mom-brag-moment.) Honestly, it’s amazing what this choir teacher is able to bring out of these young adults.
And I couldn’t be more thankful . . .
for . . .
42. Christians who teach in public schools
43. Music that lifts the soul
44. Christmas songs in October
45. Messages of truth in song
46. Quaint little cabins in the woods
47. Paths that lead to water
48. Memory-making trips
49. My daughter’s choices in friends
50. A babysitter to make chaperoning possible
What I love most about choir is that it takes everyone. A single star-singer cannot produce the harmonies and counterpoint melodies that a group of singers can make together.
together that cannot be made on your own?