What Am I Grateful for Today… Music

96 Sing to the Lord a new song!
    Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!
    Share the news of his saving work every single day!
Declare God’s glory among the nations;
    declare his wondrous works among all people
    because the Lord is great and so worthy of praise.
He is awesome beyond all other gods
    because all the gods of the nations are just idols,
        but it is the Lord who created heaven!
Greatness and grandeur are in front of him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary (Psalm 96:1-6, Common English Bible).

I love music. I always have. Once upon a time in my life, for about six years I played the trumpet. During that time I also learned to play bugle, baritone, valve trombone and French horn. I also sang in the youth choir at church. And, to quote my father, “I played a mean radio.” That one I still play.

Today things are different. I still love music, but I don’t play the same instruments. Instead of trumpet, today I play the guitar. I am pretty sure I was a better trumpet player back in the day, than I am a guitar player. All I do on guitar is strum chords.

One of the most fun things I do is singing bass with the Coastalaires. The Coastalaires are a barbershop chorus. There are about 30 of us. The whole reason this particular thing I am grateful for came up is, tonight is “Opening Night,” for the Coastalaires annual Christmas show. I am excited about it. I already know I will also be ready for it to be over Sunday afternoon.

The last way I enjoy music is in writing. I don’t do a whole lot of writing, but I do some. I have written lyrics for six songs that are sung to tunes of better known songs. I have also written words and music to two more.

For me, music is, at different times, a diversion from the work I do and an offering to God. The Bible says to “Make a joyful noise to the Lord… (Psalm 100:1, KJV). For me, the optimum word there is probably noise. Like I said, I’m not very good, but I love playing.

Both at rehearsals and in our shows, The Coastalaires always finish with the same song. The title of the song is, “Keep the Whole World Singing.” Here are the lyrics”

Keep the whole world singing, all day long.
Watch goodwill come a winging, on a song.
Smile the while you are singing.
Oh carry, carry, carry your part.
Keep the melody ringing and ringing,
In your heart.

I love this song because it addresses something that would make for a better world. I truly believe, if we could get more of the world singing and/or playing together, the music really would make a difference and our world just might look very different from what we see today.

Music is what I am grateful for today. What about you? What are you grateful for today. Write it down in your journal and then share it with someone else. Like the music, it just might make a difference.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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