Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Rest

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work."  Genesis 2:2

We were blessed to attend the Gaither Vocal Band concert last Saturday.  Of course, we are fans of just about all Southern Gospel Music.  Bill Gaither took the time to remind us of numerous artist which sang in their Homecoming concerts, that have passed on.  Those "pioneers" of Southern Gospel music are still remembered at every concert. 

One that I seem to miss the most is George Younce, the bass singer for the Cathedral's Quartet, and the song most requested, "This 'Ole House."  In the Gaither's magazine which was handed to us at the door, I noticed there was a remembrance of  George and the times he taught the lesson of rest. George would tell all musicians how important the rest sign was for those who read and perform music, and also how important rest can be for those in the work of the Lord.  The magazine had a copy of a poem entitled "Rest" that had been written in George's honor, and I want to share it with you today.

A rest is part of the music, the Lord ordained for you;
Its beats are perfectly measured-- how many or how few.
The silent pause may alarm you, but God know what is best.
Have faith in the great Composer, when he inserts a rest.
All things are working together; although your faith is tried.
Don't think the tune is finished, because you're set aside.
It's not that you've been forsaken; you did not fail a test,
But God, to sweeten the love song, enhanced it with a rest!
The steps and stops must be blended; the short ones with the long;
The Lord is adding uniqueness and beauty to His song.
Let God take care of the music; just trust Him and be blessed.
Your life is his composition, so thank Him for the rest!
It's only a break in the music;
It's only a pause of peace.
God knew that the rest was needed!
The symphony did not cease!
                                                                                                            by Ed Miller
Read and be blessed.  Share the story of the rest.  Your symphony does not cease, either.

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