Jazz Edition

August 21 through September 10, 2016

“Blessed are those who listen to Me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.”  (Proverbs 8:34)

As a French horn and piano player, I was trained in various genres of music. From classical to modern rock, chamber music to the music of the big band era, I was well rounded when it came to learning musical styles.  But my favorite music to play was, and still is, jazz. 

Jazz was the first genre of music born in America.  Its revolutionary chord progressions and free-form style makes it unique, and it certainly echoes the American spirit.  I enjoyed playing jazz because I could let loose and express myself creatively as my body, mind and soul fell into sync with its spirited rhythms.  It required a high level of skill and adherence to the chord structure and basic melody of each song.  But in the moment, I was always at ease.  It just felt—right.

The Christian family—whether its members are old or young, a household of one or two or six—can benefit from taking some jazz lessons.  You see, just as jazz is unique to the musical world, the Christian family is marked by some distinct characteristics that drive our daily lives.  We are not of the world.  We are children born of God.  When we’re in sync with Him, our lives echo His spirit in us. That’s when we can make decisions, engage in our work, teach our children and react to challenges in rhythm to God’s will.  All we have to do is look to Jesus to give us the beat!

Proverbs 8:34 says, “Blessed are those who listen to Me, watching daily at My doors, waiting at My doorway.”  Or we could paraphrase that, saying, “Take it away, Jesus!” as we listen to His Word—the foundation (chords and arpeggios) of our faith that say “by grace we are saved” and “set free” from the power of sin and death.  We listen to His melody of love that sets the tone for the way we relate to each other in our homes and all our relationships.  And the more we adhere to Jesus’ teachings, the more we fall in sync to the rhythm of life He desires for us. Then, when it’s time to improvise in this busy, dissonant world we live in, we have what it takes to get down and jam.  And it will just feel right!

Grow Deep with Jesus!

Pastor Bill Geis    

The Lutheran Church of Webster Gardens