Bill, our bass player, died suddenly yesterday. I got up at 4:41 a.m. and cried some more. I’m crushed. I looked at today’s chapters and wondered,
“Is there any comfort in Chronicles?”
Bill is the reason I’m on the worship team. The first time he asked me, I told him I was housebound. Then the doctor released me to go to church.
The second time, I told him I did not have a keyboard. The keys on pianos are standard. Keyboard keys can be much smaller or a bit larger and they are touchy!
The third time he brought the regular keyboard player and they both asked me to sub once a month. I agreed to sub and the worship leader loaned me a keyboard.
The regular keyboard player’s job changed and that “once a week” turned into a month, then two, and eventually she moved away for work.
After a few weeks, Bill learned the size of the keyboard I was using for practice and he called his brother. John is a professional piano player and he left a professional keyboard at Bill’s house. When he was in town they played together. John gave Bill permission to loan it to me.
Bill came over after church, in heavy snow, to bring me the keyboard, amp, and all its paraphernalia. They let me use that keyboard for almost 2 years. Then I finally bought one like the one I play at church.
Bill understood playing for worship was important work – his life work. You had to practice to do it well.
2 Chronicles 29:11, “God has chosen you to take your place before him to serve in conducting and leading worship – this is your life work; make sure you do it and do it well.” The Message
Each week we were part of the orchestra. Bill sang harmony while playing bass. We loved hearing the congregation worship.
2 Chronicles 29:27-28, “…the sacred choir began singing, backed up by the trumpets and the David orchestra (28) while the entire congregation worshiped.” The Message
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” ‘I have finished the work you have given me to do,’ John 17:4 NKJ. The ant literally dies working….the Bible doesn’t promote a workaholic lifestyle that endangers your health and causes you to neglect your family….That being said, the contemporary concept of retirement can’t be found in the Bible….As long as you’re alive, there’s always work God wants you to do….And in doing it you’ll not only find joy and fulfillment, you’ll bless those around you too.” The Word for You Today, May 6, 2018
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2 Chronicles 31:20, “…He was the very best – good, right, and true before God.” The Message
I have 2 hours to prepare my heart before leaving for church. I hope you are there when the doors open.
2 Chronicles 29:3, “In the first month of the first year of his reign, Hezekiah, having first repaired the doors of The Temple of God, threw them open to the public.” The Message
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2 Chronicles 30:8, “…Clasp God’s outstretched hand….” The Message
Today will be difficult, to say the least. It will take 4 people to fill Bill’s shoes:
- A bass player.
- One who can sing harmony.
- A skilled, knowledgeable musician.
- A comedian to keep us laughing.
Goodbye, Mr. Bill – Mr. Funk. Until we play together again…
2 Chronicles 29:35, “…The worship in the Temple of God was on a firm footing again.” The Message
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