Have you ever had a thought pop into your mind and wondered, “Where did that come from?”
You probably forgot it and moved on. That’s what we all do. Recently, I had one of those thoughts pop into my mind. As usual, I forgot it and moved on. But this thought was persistent, and popped up again. This time, I paid attention.
The thought was, “I need to take my ministry at St. Peter’s Hospital to a different level! Why not bring music, harmonies, and instruments to those who are ill and suffering?”
I love what I do at St. Peter’s Hospital. I have been volunteering there for more than 3 years. I visit with the patients and try to say encouraging and hopeful things. I sometimes pray with them if they wish. I sing hymns and encourage the patients to sing along with me. For an hour every 3rd Friday of the month, and now every 3rd and 4th Sunday of the month (and the occasional 5th Sunday) we sing together. I am humbled as I see the patients being blessed by the presence of God in the room as we worship Him together. There are no words for what I have experienced on those days. But the thought was asking for more.
That thought of bringing more music, harmonies, and instruments to those patients wouldn’t leave.
I reminded God that I am 71. I have lived a full life, but I don’t know any musicians who would be willing to come to St. Peter’s, sing hymns, and do it for no money. I had no budget for this kind of ministering.
The thought, now a commitment, continued to burn within me. I knew it was something God was asking me to do. I made a few calls and got nowhere. I prayed, “God, please give me direction. You have the right person or persons in mind or you would not have put me on this path.”
Suddenly, Alessandra, came to mind. I dismissed the thought. I was certain that Alessandra, at 21, had something bigger and better planned for her life than singing to sick and elderly patients.
Oh, ye of little faith in God and humanity!
I called Alessandra and told her of my persistent thought. I needed someone to come and play an instrument, sing harmonies, and share the joyous hymns. She responded with an outburst of joy! She had just come back from a mission trip to Africa that was life changing for her. She told me how she felt that God had spoken to her about stepping outside her comfort zone and doing something different.
She shouted, “Yes, I will be a part of this!”
Alessandra and I had further conversations about how to implement our plan. Alessandra’s boyfriend, Matt, soon came up during those talks. Matt loves music and wants to make a career in music. Also 21, Matt has a music studio in his home, plays drums, keyboards, and sings! If that weren’t enough, he has his own sound equipment as well. We shared our story with him and Matt said that he would love to be a part of this ministry.
God is good. God is faithful. He never gives us a plan that He does not have all worked out.
We have to place our trust in Him.
Through our prayers, He will guide and direct us to where He wants us to be.
As result of our different ages, and the fact we will mostly be singing hymns, we have decided to call ourselves “Rock of All Ages.”
Rock of All Ages is hosting our first annual Christmas Concert in Hamilton on December 19th 2018! Click here for event details – we would love for you to join us for an afternoon of music, singalongs, prayer and Christmas cheer!