Joy Break: Peace in the Middle of the Storm
When we turn on our televisions or smart phones we are bombarded with news that brings us down. Where are all the good stories? They’re still there. Here’s one that we hope will bless you.
A local television station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was doing a live broadcast Wednesday about a destroyed church when they heard music coming from the top of the pile of rubble.
ABC News NC9 was on the air at what had been First Wesleyan Church on Shallowford Road. Suddenly, they heard music and looked up to see a woman sitting at a piano. The piano somehow survived Sunday’s tornado.
Tracy Coats told NC9 that she plays the piano at her nearby church on Sundays. When she drove by First Wesleyan Church she realized she had to stop. “I came driving by, and I saw the piano and I knew it had more music in it.” She expressed her sorrow for those who lost everything.
She added that she relies on her faith to get through this hard time. “We’re not made to carry this kind of load. It’s too much. Too much for any of us, but when we give that to the Lord, He carries it for us and we can find peace in the middle of the storm.”
Pastor’s note: I don’t think I’ve ever just copied a whole article! But … this one was too good to pass up – especially after hearing first hand reports from a son and his family living in Chattanooga. They got an inch of flood water in their basement. That’s an inconvenience. Their hearts go out to those whose lives were truly affected by the tornados.
As my son is a church musician, he’s praying for personally for one of the families in his music program. They own horses. The tornado took down fences. In fear, the horses fled and many almost drowned in flood water – one is still in critical condition.
This world is full of brokenness of all kinds. Fortunately there are pianos and sounds of life in the midst of the storms. Thank God for people who see when something has “more music in it”!
In Christ’s Love,
a guy who’s faith
is nurtured each week
by a piano with life in it!
(Thanks Jenna, Rhonda
and all our musicians!)