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A Beautiful Hymn

March 3, 2013

This is an excerpt from my second book, “Memory Harvest of a Sharecropper’s Son,” which is now available in Amazon Kindle format and in printed format. This story is about a beautiful hymn.

The following story is actually from a friend I worked with as an adult. It is about an incident in his life, which I thought was humorous. I am including it here because it is both inspirational and funny.

A young Jewish boy, Isaac, played the violin well and practiced daily. They lived next-door to the pastor of the Baptist church on the corner. The Baptist pastor often heard Isaac play violin classics while visiting the family and asked if Isaac could play for the church sometime.

Isaac’s proud parents agreed that he could play. The pastor arranged for Isaac to come play in a few weeks. Isaac had never been to a Christian church and decided that he should learn a Christian song to play. He practiced and practiced until the Sunday morning that he was to play.

Isaac walked into church just as Sunday School was over and the music service was beginning. He took a seat on the front row. When it came time for the special, the pastor introduced Isaac as a violin virtuoso.

Isaac stepped to the front and played the Christian music he had spent so much time learning. The congregation sat in awestruck silence as Isaac played without missing a note. When he finished playing, he bowed and left the church.

That afternoon, the pastor visited and thanked Isaac for playing. He said Isaac played magnificently and the congregation was awestruck with his violin playing. The pastor said he would love to have Isaac come back and play again.

This was the first time that this Baptist congregation had heard the beautiful song, “Ave Maria,” played in a Baptist church.

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