The Hillcrest choir is giving their home concert on Sunday. We are delighted they are having an excellent tour to the Pacific Northwest. I'm looking forward to hearing them sing.

A couple of weeks ago, I put down my foamy razor for a pen and paper to jot down the composer and name of an amazing arrangement playing on our “easy listening” TV channel. I thought, "I want this CD, and I’m going to recommend our music department perform the number.”

The arrangement presented an orchestra playing “What the World Needs now is Love…” with a piano soloing over the orchestra, “O Come, O Come, Immanuel.”

The sound was moving, and the message gripped me. I thought, "What a powerful way to connect our eternal cry for love with the ageless prayer for God to be with us.”

As I was scribbling the album’s name on my pad, the piano transitioned to “A Mighty Fortress is our God.”

I thought, "That's precisely the message to satisfy the heart’s lonesome cry.”

As the music was touching my heart with its complementary melodies and powerful message, Barb walked into the bathroom. The piano became louder and I realized the hymns were coming from her phone while the orchestra was on the TV. I had a good laugh, but I have not forgotten the beautiful sounds or the timely message from Our Father.

The Lord gives His children songs of salvation in response to our lonely cries for love. He, Immanuel, compassionately comes assuring us that He, Himself, is our eternal fortress.

Come, let us sing the songs of the redeemed!

p.s. Please let me know if one of you musicians arrange a piece similar to what I heard during my morning shave.

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