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June 3, 2005 at 8:50 AM

It has been almost two years since God has led me to this unfamiliar shore. For a time it was as though I was a boat drifting out to sea, headed nowhere, going where the wind blows. And then He brought me here. He placed a violin in my arms and told me to get started.

I did. I found a teacher and studied with him for a while. I joined the church band, now fast becoming an orchestra. Where before there were only 2 violins, now there are 6. And there are 2 cellos too. Many, many years before that, having an orchestra in the church was only a dream. How fast dreams become reality.

I am not the best player in the group, but I'm trying. And I'm realizing that the violin is not just an instrument that makes music. It's an extension of one's body... and one's spirit. And the quality of its song will depend on the quality of that spirit.

I'm learning to play the violin so that I can worship God with it. When I was trying to find a violin through the internet, I was asked by a violin maker as to what kind of violin I was interested in. I said, "Do you have one that's good enough to play for the Creator of the universe?" He must have thought me slightly insane. At any rate, he said they had no violins for that purpose.

I do not have the best violin ever made, but I'm hoping that faith and diligence will make my violin sound as best as it can.

How does one play music to God?

With reverence, freedom, love and passion--giving one's all to Him who fills all in all.

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on June 4, 2005 at 4:57 AM
"The purpose of all music is the greater glory of God." (or something close) J.S. Bach
From Jonathan Stuchell
Posted on June 6, 2005 at 10:23 PM
wow , you and I are on the same wavelength ! You have a unique name, where are you from?
Psalm 32:7 !
From putch panis
Posted on June 7, 2005 at 8:07 AM
Pilipinas, Jonathan.

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