God – I met You first in my mother’s warm embrace and in her song.
As a young boy I sat next to Mom in the church pew on Sunday mornings.
Adorned in a hat, a veil over her lovely face and white gloves on her hands which held the hymnal, I listened to her sing like an angel.
After polio, my infirm body felt firmly part of God’s family as I sang in the Cherub Choir. I had felt so different and alone. Yet, as I precariously stood beside the other choir members, I knew God loved me. I was part of something far greater and more powerful than polio could ever be.
In the awkward years in high school of wanting to fit in while feeling out and of having pimples and scoliosis that made me feel like a leper, I played the keyboard in a local band, The Minutemen.
In our tri-cornered hats and in black attire as I played beside Bob Vaden, Mike McGauhey, and Steve Glover on their Fender electric guitars and Buzzy Gruen on his Ludwig drums, I received and re-experienced the joy of being in church with my mother, and in the Cherub Choir.
God, today and every day may we thank You for the gift to us of music, of voice, and of song.
In the melody and rhythm of song, of string, and wind may we hear the voices of angels.
May we hear the beat of Your ever present heart.
May we feel the pulse of Your never-ending love for us.
May the joyful noise we make together in Your Name rise above the deafening sounds of ordinary days.
May we follow the voices of Your angels who lead us nearer and nearer to You. Amen
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Jack H. Emmott is a Senior Counsel of Gray, Reed & McGraw, LLP, a 120-lawyer full service firm in Houston, Texas, a Board-Certified Family Law and Master Credentialed Collaborative Law Professional Divorce Attorney, Mediator, Author, Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker. For more information about Jack or his latest book, Bending Angels: Living Messengers of God’s Love, go to the Bending Angel website.
Shirley Griffey Barr says
lOOK HOW HANDSOME YOU ARE, YOUNG jack…i’M going to forward this to my sister…she would love what you wrote about your precious Mom.