Recently I enjoyed a Southern Gospel concert featuring Greater Vision (pictured) and The Browns. I'm often ridiculed (lovingly, I think) for my taste in music. I don't care! When I hear a group like Greater Vision (my favorite) sing the anthem-like hymn A Mighty Fortress is our God with such power and emotion I'm moved to tears. Time and time again God has ministered to this pilgrim's weary spirit through this genre of music. Think what you want, I thank God for this style of music. The other evening I wondered if I could possibly express my appreciation for Southern Gospel music in 100 words or less. Being a writer I always enjoy the challenge of reducing my word count.
So, my friends, here's my attempt. You will note that the italicized, bolded words are song titles:
‘Til the storm passes by I’ll have a deep appreciation for Southern Gospel music. In other words, until I die or God calls me home.
Four-part harmony (or three) accompanied by a skilled pianist singing tunes that tell of God’s amazing grace moves me to the core.
I need reminders that I’m sheltered in the arms of God and that farther along I’ll know all about it and…I’ll understand why.
No one ever cared so much as Jesus and hearing godly men like Gerald, Rodney and Jason sing of God’s faithfulness refreshes my spirit.
There it is, my friends! 94 words. By the way, did I make myself clear?