Posts Tagged ‘desperation


You Heard My Cry

I was talking with a lady and her son after choir practice a few weeks ago. It was their first time at rehearsal. She was very excited and couldn’t believe how friendly everyone was. Her son, on the other hand, was not as excited. He was feeling like he was at an old folks convention for crazy singers. You see, we are an excitable bunch on Wednesday nights. I wanted him to know that the excitement came from us being  grateful believers. We are happy to be there because of  what Jesus did for us. When I asked him his age, he quietly said, “twenty five.”  I immediately felt the Holy Spirit prompting  me to tell him my story.


“Here Lord?  In the middle of a crowded hallway with people everywhere? OK.”  Without hesitating, I said to him, “when I was  your age I put a gun to my head.” The look on his and his mom’s face told me that I needed to explain quickly what this had to do with choir. At the same time, a choir member that I’ve known for 5 to 6 years standing with us said, “I didn’t know that JD.”  So this is why I felt it was time to share my story of redemption (short version) with all of you. I hope it gives some of you hope and an idea of why I am so excited to be here.

Thirty-five years ago, I left the Marine Corps with one goal in mind: I was going to play rock-n-roll and make it big. Well, I didn’t make it “big,” but I sure did Rock & Roll. I got to experience the feeling of huge concerts with big name acts as a front band. If you want to know the truth, it was no big deal. During that period, I fell into the trap of that dark life style. My darkest moment was on a hot August morning in 1982. I was tired of the person I’d become. I was not a rock star – instead, I became a selfish drug addict with no future. I put a gun to my head that night several times. It was a 4 to 5 hour spiritual battle for my soul. I cried out to the Lord. “… He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy  pit of destruction, He set my feet on the rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God….”  Psalm 40:1-3 .  Well as you see, God won and now I am serving in the most amazing place.  Singing the most amazing songs that bring so much joy, peace, and comfort to me and the thousands that hear them.

What does it have to do with choir? Well, a lot…for some of us. Because that is a place where we can serve our Savior and  “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart  to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:19-20 . If you’re feeling like God can’t use you, come visit us here at CBC and see what he’s doing with some that thought the same at one point in their lives. He heard our cry.

“Giving thanks to You,Father, who has…translated us into the kingdom of Your dear son, in whom I have redemption through His blood , even the forgiveness of sins.”


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