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one glad morning~

Brad Richardson

November 4th, 2011

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The old hymn goes,

“One glad morning when this life is o’er I’ll fly away

To a home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away

I’ll fly away, O glory

I’ll fly away

When I die, hallelujah, by and by

I’ll fly away!

This morning I had the pleasure and privilege of doing some music at an Assisted Living Home with Megan Isaacson.MeganIsaacson.Com

There was quite a crowd of about 15 or so residents…ranging in age from 60 to 100. They had all been gathered in the living area of this beautiful residential home that had been transformed into an Assisted Living Center. There are many, many homes like this in the Denver area. Did you know that?

Think back to the songs you heard when you were in high school…when you were falling in love…what was you and your lover’s favorite song? These are the songs we sang for these folks…

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are grey

You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

There was one old fellow that gave me a nice smile as we began to sing…but as we sang this particular song his face curled up a bit and the tears began to flow…I sensed that maybe he was mourning his life-long companion that had gone on before him…I believe my hunch was right when we closed with that hymn, “I’ll Fly Away.”

As I introduced the song I said, “One glad morning…one day the pain will all be over…no more struggle…and we will be re-united with our loved ones.”

I looked over and Leonard was weeping this time…

The elderly are in need of comfort and encouragement as much, and maybe more than the rest of us. Today there were smiles, winks and songs to sing. There was the presence of Christ in the music. Many sang, some flirted with me (who wouldn’t!?), Megan ministered and all were blessed. Sheesh…I feel like saying, “God bless us, everyone!”

One of the Core Values of Mercy Music is to bring a sense of dignity as we serve others with the gift of music.

 

God bless you today,

Brad

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