God has preserved my hearing and fingers so I can still hear and play the Piano for my
own enjoyment. I started out as an 8-year-old, crawling through the window of the church to play the piano. I played and made up tunes from tones I heard in my head and transferred them to my fingers. I envisioned angels taking the sounds I was creating to homeless people (we called them hobos) to make them happy. It's up to angels to do their job. Maybe one or two of them will play their harp with me!
Now I just play for myself and to entertain Muffin. She just lays there and listens and doesn’t even care if I hit a wrong note. I had my first position as a church pianist at 12 years of age.
Through the years I have served as the church pianist for several congregations from Pentecostal Church of God to Assembly of God, Non-Denominational and Baptist. I committed to playing Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night with choir practice after the service and a revival several times a year. I was like the postal service. I was there in the rain, sleet, snow, ice, and storm.
In the sixties, I lived in Conroe, Texas, and scrimped and saved to buy a Wurlitzer Console piano in Early American Furniture style. When I married Odis, I told him I didn’t care if we lived in a tent, to just make sure there was room for my piano.
In 1979, my husband surprised me and had a Kimball black baby grand piano played by Johnny Paycheck delivered to my house for Christmas. Sometimes while sitting at the keyboard, I remember how God has blessed me and tears flow down my cheeks as I play. I don’t deserve the blessings, but I believe He remembers the gentle, Tender Heart of a little girl at 8 years old and her love for God.
Sometimes a tender Heart can become hardened because of experiences, but we need to return to a child-like faith and let Jesus put a guard on her heart. Jesus had a special place in his heart for children, and when the disciples wanted to push them back, He said, “Forbid not the little children to come unto me.” I want to always be one of His children with a tender heart for God.
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