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My wife, daughter and granddaughter will be flying out today.Headed for Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Houston and Spring, Texas;
Bayfield and Durango, Colorado;
London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, England;
and Cardiff, Wales.
I will post along the way. Bye for now and please remember us in prayer.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
There have been many printed references to this story and connected it to the great American band leader, Tommy Dorsey.
But the classic gospel song "Precious Lord Take My Hand" was actually written by a different man with the same name.
The trombonist and band leader named Tommy Dorsey was born in 1905 and died in 1956.
Thomas Andrew Dorsey the composer of "Precious Lord Take My Hand" was a jazz pianist and composer was born in 1899 and died in 1993.
He is regarded by many as the father of gospel music.
After a successful career as a blues musician, he switched to gospel music.
For more than 40 years, he was the choir director Chicago's Pilgrim Baptist Church.
The actual story of the tragic death of his wife is a bit different from the eRumor.
In an account in his own words written for Guideposts Magazine, Dorsey said he was actually scheduled to be in St. Louis to sing for a revival.
He had anxiety about going because his wife was in her 9th month of pregnancy
When he left his home to head for St. Louis, he realized that he had forgotten his music case, so he returned to get it and found his wife sleeping.
He stood next to her and felt that something was telling him to stay home.
He decided to leave and headed back to his car for the drive to the meetings.
The next night at the revival and after he had finished singing, a telegram was handed to him that said his wife had just died.
He returned home to learn that his wife had given birth to a baby boy before she died.
Before the night was over, the baby had died as well.
Dorsey went through a difficult period after that.
He said he wanted to give up serving the Lord and go back to jazz.
One of the thoughts that haunted him was whether his reluctance to leave his pregnant wife had been a leading from God and whether he had been disobedient by ignoring it.
He vowed that he would never be insensitive to such a leading again.
It was during a subsequent visit to a friend that he sat down at a piano and found himself at peace and a melody being played.
That became the song "Precious Lord Take My Hand."
Dorsey wrote, "As the Lord gave me these words and melody, He also healed my spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open to His restoring power. And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home."
Saturday, June 16, 2012
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Many of you know that Phil Johnson is retiring from Pyromaniacs. Phil has a lot on his plate and will continue to work diligently for Grace to You. He will be leaving Pyro in the capable hands of Frank Turk and Dan Phillips. Phil is the one who advised me to start a blog on my own. He also listed me on his blog roll and mentioned me a few times in his posts. Phil will be missed in the blogosphere, but God will be using his talents to a greater degree with John MacArthur and Grace to You. Thank you Phil for all your encouragement and wisdom. May God richly bless your ministry!