By Christopher Simon

Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

Sing to the Lord a new song… Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. ~ Psalm 149:1-3

On the weekend after Thanksgiving last year I attended a brunch activity at the home of one of my friends where his adult daughter had organized an impromptu jam session. She played the piano while her husband played the tuba and two others played the trumpet while several people sang. She did this for her father, who was dying at the time and has since passed away. She knew how much her father loved music, and how much it would please him to hear folks playing and singing. When he was asked if he wanted to hear anything in particular he requested “Amazing Grace,” and it was one of the most beautiful and poignant things I’ve ever witnessed.
The event made me wish I had continued to play the instrument I grew up playing (the trumpet) and made me realize how much pleasure music gives to people. I thank God that my parents encouraged me and my siblings to all play, and I’m thinking of starting to play again.
Consider learning to play an instrument, or learning to dance (which is another good way to enjoy music), or just committing to singing a bit more. You’ll be happy
you did!