The Sound of Music

It\'s called practice!
Whether we take a weekend to celebrate Nan Jung’s 26th Anniversary, sing together as a team, sound the class bell for the English Village, listen to Bing Crosby while decorating the tree, or hear familiar Christmas melodies in Chinese, music is a powerful part of our lives even in Taiwan.

I’ve been reminded of this over and over. Music is the language of the heart. For the Taiwanese people it seems singing comes very naturally: a funeral or wedding becomes a community event as the music of mourning or rejoicing is heard far and wide.
Wes and Junes made sure that last year\'s Christmas tree made it to Ping Tung On the anniversary of a temple the surrounding villagers participate in a procession, parading their gods to the oppressive throbbing beat of drums and gongs. In glorious contrast are the heralds of our Savior’s birth.
Last night from our Music conveys joyapartment, the clear sound of children’s voices could be heard.Taking a look from our seventh-floor balcony (no I really didn’t “tare open the shutters and throw up the sash” but I was quite surprised all the same), two vanloads of children could be seen on the street below each one decked out in red and white. They were stopping on their It can also convey the power of being in one accord.route to carol in an alley across the road from us. Their youthful voices sounded clearly in the night. Then one by one they piled back into the vans and were gone.
It reminded me of the caroling we had done the night before: for the better part of two hours we were able to visit a few of our now-close friends in Chaoujhou. For The drummers were impressive line-upmany of them, if not all, it was the first time ever to be caroled to. What a memory.
Right now, Christmas Day at about 2:00 in the afternoon, the school grounds here also are filled with music. The theme is triumphant, the beat confident, the harmony incredible. Each musician (and they are musicians) and each instrument knows it’s part. In addition Performances by the school band are usually accompanied by perfectly-synchronized flag-wavingto folk music and the national anthem, pieces from Pirates of the Carribean and Fiddler on the Roof can be heard. The Nan Jung Junior Highers are a picture of striving for excellence.

So that’s my prayer for everyone reading this post. The Lord has a special part for each of us to play today and in the New Year. I pray you will join in heartily with the song that Christ began.
The choir had recently taken first place in a competitionAfter many hours of practice, the evening came for Nan Jung Junior High School\'s Aniversary Festival and Art Performance, 12 & 13 December 2008Supreme loyalty must be given to the conductor

3 Comments

  1. Michael, Robert, James, Daniel, and David December 26, 2008 at 7:48 am #

    Amen, Donald! Caroling can really be a lot of fun. We had a chance to carol to some neighbors Christmas Eve. The thing about caroling is that it is such an energy-giving thing (everyone loves to be caroled to…except, maybe, um…Scrooge 🙂 ), but it also encourages the carolers themselves. When you give a blessing, God always gives you one in return!

  2. Esther December 26, 2008 at 9:17 am #

    Not long ago at a ladies church gathering we all said a word that comes to mind when we think of Christmas. Mom’s word was “music”. Like you said, music is a powerful part of our lives. May the Lord bless each of us with the discernment to know what music pleases Him.

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