Friday night our Bible study group gathered at Roger and Karen Green’s house with an assignment. “Come with choruses.” We’re not talking Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, but simple songs we grew up with on Sunday nights at church. Somewhere between then and now, Sunday night church and choruses took a hit from modernity. Well, some of those lyrics and tunes didn’t warrant survival.
Martha led with the chorus from a hymn by John Peterson, “It took a miracle to put the stars in place; It took a miracle to hang the world in space. But when He saved my soul, cleansed and made me whole, it took a miracle of love and grace.” Martha, a miracle in our midst.
We sang together biblical truth and laughed at lyrics designed to entertain. Roger, New Testament professor, recalled his horror when first hearing, “Dropkick me Jesus through the goalposts of life.”
As much as knees allowed, we rose and fell with, “Allelu Allelu Allelu Alleluia, Praise Ye the Lord!”
We sang, “Into my heart, Into my heart , come into my heart, Lord Jesus.” And not a one of us regretted ever having done just that. We remembered, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” Sung truth.
No piano to aid our singing. Nine folks, all over age 60, remembering and singing songs kept safe by memory until this night, a night marked on the calendar as April Fools Day. A night to remember,”He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot
Nine “miracles of love and grace” and not a fool among us.
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