Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. – Psalm 150
Today’s post is on the lighter side, prompting us all to remember what is beautiful and encouraging, hopefully a story that reminds us of light and life.
For me, that has always been – among other things – music. So I have a little story to share along with a very rough video.
If you read me often you already know I love the guitar. I have, over the years, added a few instruments to my collection and – more recently – a sweet little mandolin. A couple of years ago, however, we passed Rebekah’s small classical “parlor” guitar on to Naomi, and she has been making good use of it.
The classical guitar deficit came up in conversation with our friend Hans, a skilled Luthier who plays with our Praise Team at WFPC (you may remember “Only the Maker Can Restore Can Restore Your Song – my post about his guitar rehabilitation business). Well, Hans decided to keep his eye out for an orphaned, compromised folk guitar so he could restore it for my use.
Eventually, this little gem found its way to Born Again Guitars. It was found, a few weeks after Hurricane Matthew, in the ruins of a flooded Baptist Church somewhere near Lumberton, before spending a year or so in limbo. Hans acquired it, dried it out, restored the wood, replaced a number of parts, and breathed fresh life into its grateful soul.
Tuesday afternoon I picked the instrument up and promised to make a short video for Hans, working the instrument through some of the basics.
Here it is, if you want to hear a short sampling of its sweet voice. Absolutely not a performance but a “running through its paces”, searching for its voice.
I believe music is possible once again for this orphaned instrument. Just as it is for all of us who are willing to let the Maker restore us, breathe life into our souls, and teach us how to sing a new song.
Because Jesus is my song, and because he lives – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.