Sunday morning finds me at Little Flock Baptist Church where my Sweet William and I are members. I love the worship, Pastor Rodney’s sermons, our Sunday School class, and getting to see so many precious Christian brothers and sister.
This Sunday, however, I went to first service at 9 am, then slipped out to visit Shepherdsville First Baptist Church, where my son and his family are attending and serving. Travis plays percussion, and my two granddaughters, Elyse and Celeste, occasionally sing with the praise team.
Elyse, the elder granddaughter, was going to play the keyboard for the worship songs, then sing a solo for the first time. I did not want to miss it. She was delighted to see that I had come to hear and support her efforts. The day before, I told Elyse that I was her age, 13-years old, when I began to play regularly in our small church. It was that experience as a young girl that set the course of a life of music ministry for me.
When it was time for the special song, Worship Minister, Sheila Lamonte, went to the keyboard, and Elyse stood close by at the microphone. After a melodious introduction, Elyse began to sing My Everything. If you will bear with this Grandmother and give me bragging rights for a moment, I will tell you it was beautiful! Her voice was true and clear. She sang with confidence and feeling. I was moved to tears.
Do you know the feeling of being part of an experience while your mind goes to another time and place? That happened during Elyse’s song. I thought of my mother who died in 1983. She had an astounding alto voice that bellowed and lifted the rafters. She was anointed to sing, and hearts were touched when she did.
I’m not one who speaks to the dead or goes to the cemetery to talk to those who have gone on. They aren’t there anyway. But this morning in the pew at First Baptist, I spoke silently to my mother. You see, I believe the saints in Heaven, that great cloud of witnesses, are aware of some things on earth, especially those involving their families. So my mind said, “Mother, do you hear your great-granddaughter? This is your legacy.”
Legacy. It is what we leave behind when life is all said and done.
My mother blessed others with her gift of music. She traveled to little country churches to sing, and she faithfully served her own church for years.
Mother wanted music to be part of my life. She was determined I would have piano lessons and made me (yes, she made me) practice. She encouraged me to play for others though I was a shy, backward child.
It was only natural that I took that same path with Travis. He took piano lessons which turned him toward a snare drum in fifth-grade band. It eventually led to his high school’s marching band and the amazing percussionist he is today.
The beauty of my legacy is not just God’s gift of music to my family but that by His mercy we have come under the shadow and refuge of the Almighty, the saving grace of a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The legacy goes on. Gifts from God are honed into skills that are then used to worship the Giver of all good and perfect gifts.
The Lord has given us great and precious promises. His Word is filled with them. One of my promises is in Isaiah 44:3b and 4. I believe it and trust God will fulfill it in my family.
. . . I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.
Legacy can be a beautiful thing. No matter your background or heritage, a new legacy begins with one individual who choses to follow Jesus and surrenders his life to the glory to God.