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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: A Life in Tunes

Music helps the mind to highlight and preserve personal milestones. Listen to a few strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” and you can probably remember your own high school or college graduation. Perhaps a certain distinctive whistle takes you back to a favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show. Pachelbel’s “Canon” and Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” paint an aural landscape at countless nuptials, and many a bride and groom claim as their own some song that topped the charts when their love first blossomed.

Our lives are bookended with music. Quiet lullabies soothe us in the cradle. Perhaps a favorite hymn will resound over our casket. At my grandfather’s funeral in 1987, I joined a choir of cousins in singing “Faith of Our Fathers.” That bookend of Obie Lee Harrup Sr.’s life formed a generational link to my life.

As music enhances the temporal realm, it also lifts our spirits to contemplate the eternal. Music reminds us of our Heavenly Father’s love, urges us to enter into collective worship, and points us to His purposes in the midst of today’s questions and difficulties.

A favorite worship CD or iTunes collection could create a suitable backdrop as you read this issue of the Pentecostal Evangel. In these pages you’ll find Editor Ken Horn’s first of two articles on the influence and purpose of worship music. Musician and songwriter Bob Kilpatrick gives an encouraging interview. I found Kilpatrick’s take on songwriting relevant to all Christian communicators:

“Be willing to edit, edit and edit again. Be ruthless with your own songs before anyone else has the opportunity.

“I’d love to have been there when John Newton was writing and rewriting ‘Amazing Grace.’ This is the queen mother of hymns partly because it sounds like it always existed. But it was edited until it was perfect. Dorothy L. Sayers said, ‘The only Christian work is good work, well done.’ I am inclined to agree.”

Kilpatrick’s emphasis could serve as a mission statement for our editorial team. We hope this issue has been edited for maximum blessing.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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