Happy Easter


There weren't too many Easter egg hunts in Grand Rapids today. Snow still covers the ground but our spirits are renewed with the celebration of Jesus' resurrection.


For me, this day like Palm Sunday was always filled with music. We'd attend Easter services at our own church and it was my chance to sit in the pews and listen to my Dad sing without playing the piano for him. He sang the same song every Easter and he'd been singing it everywhere for weeks. You'd think he'd tire of it but I don't believe he ever did. I'll never forget one evening after a service we'd attended at another church, a lady came up to me and said, "your father could make the angels cry when he sings". I'd never thought of it in quite that way but as I grew older I realized she was right. He believed with all his heart what he was singing and when you heard him, you couldn't help but believe him too. It's so sad to think of all the songs we recorded him singing over the years, we never recorded this one. It's okay............I can play it on the piano and I hear his voice. Just like the angels, I cry.

I leave you today with his Easter song: Ten Thousand Angels

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2 Responses to “Happy Easter”

  1. Penny from Canada March 23, 2008 at 10:45 pm #

    Hi Gayle, I know what you mean when you say that the hymn reminds you of your father. My father loved to sing and convinced my sisters and I to sing our way through the dishes. We worked out harmonies so our voices sounded like a choir[which we were all sang in at school]It also kept harmony in the kitchen because we sang instead of bickering. It was a special time for us all. We lost Dad in april 2005. I don’t think you ever get over the loss of a parent. Big hug to you Gayle….Penny

  2. Pam Monck March 29, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    I wanted to thank you for your generosity in sharing all these wonderful patterns with us.

    Thank you also for sharing your memories of your father singing “Ten Thousand Angels”. I had never heard this song, but I listened to the music you provided and since have found a youtube clip where the song is sung. I have been going around singing the chorus and marvelling over the power that Jesus had to command, and the love and strength of will he had not to use that power. This week, I heard a sermon on the radio where the preacher talked about “that old hymn where Jesus could have called 10,000 angels”, and before your post I wouldn’t have known what he was talking about.

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