A few observations this past weekend...
- One of the most moving funeral services I have ever attended and played piano at was that of Ms. Virginia Hitchcock of Chattanooga, TN this past Saturday. This one hit close for a few reasons 1) She was a very faithful member of the church 2) She was really precious to my parents 3) The delight she brought to our church. A mother of six, she was classy, stylish, sweet, and could throw down in the kitchen! As a kid I remember how people would rave about her red velvet cakes. In fact, hers was the very first red velvet cake I ever had.
- She graduated from Howard High School in 1958. Several of her classmates were present and they gave a resolution to the family. Graduating in '58 means she witnessed segregation, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement, and the disenfranchisement of African Americans to an unreal degree in her lifetime. And yet, living to witness our nation's first African-American President. I wish I could have spoke with her more to document her experiences, thoughts, and perspectives of witnessing both blacks not having the right to vote all the way to a black man holding our Nation's highest honor. Mrs. Virginia was lifelong educator, as well.
- After the funeral, the Community Fellowship Church family stayed back and served Ms. Virginia's family. We cooked, served food, and cleaned up afterwards. After all the work was done and everyone had cleared out, I remember walking out of Taylor Funeral Home at around 3:30 p.m. behind my parents. Moma and Daddy walked out side by side, like they usually do. Daddy had just gave the eulogy to one of the sweetest mothers CFC has ever known. My parents really, truly loved Ms. Virginia and I thought to myself how just two hours ago they had last seen her at rest in her earthly suit and how tough that may be. But, then I am reminded of the fact that we will see her again in Heaven.
- To Mrs. Virginia's family, I am praying for you!
- I played piano at 4 services this weekend. Yes, 4. That includes leading praise & worship at one, two in Chattanooga, two in Dalton. I lead praise and worship at one service and sang my version of this song.
- All of this music and ministry leads me to one critical revelation: serving is extremely rewarding. When you are at your lowest, emptiest, and most clueless point- serve. When you feel pride and haughtiness setting in your heart- serve. It is humbling and there is no better way to invest your life. In fact, we look like Jesus when serve. Not to obtain righteousness, but to show Christ's love and compassion just how He did for us by laying down His life on the Cross. That's love.
- Shout out to the CFC Improv Chorale who banded together to sing at two services this weekend! You know who you are and thank you so much! I love ya'll and your commitment to the LORD is what helps me stay focused and grounded!