Timeless truth in a changing world



Playing Second Fiddle


Recently my son joined the high school marching band even though he’s only in the eighth grade. This is a great (and challenging) opportunity for him as he hastens to learn the music and the steps everyone else learned a month ago. In one sense this is, of course, a promotion. He’s moving up from the middle school band to the high school band. But in another sense he’s moving down. He went from being first chair trumpet in middle school to playing secondary parts with the high school, and that’s an adjustment for him. He’s used to playing the melody. The harmony for “Phantom of the Opera” doesn’t sound nearly as glamorous as the melody. My son is learning what it’s like to play second fiddle… er, trumpet.

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Easter Serenade


It’s been a busy weekend, hasn’t it?  Oh, to be sure, a joyful one, but still busy nonetheless.  Easter is my favorite holiday by far, with its beautiful message of new life and resurrection.  But rather than expound upon the subject, for this post I’m going to do something different.  I’ll let my sixth grader serenade you with the hymn he played on his trumpet for church on Easter.  Sing along with the words in your head as you listen, and remember that Jesus is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is ris’n today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

(Lutheran Service Book, 457)



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