By Presiding Elder Pamela L. Hoard
Peace Be Still
I’m not sure if it’s my love of music or the fact that music has been so much of my life, even as a child, that causes me to convert everything in my head to a song. My mother and father both loved music, (like myself, not always gospel music) but I can’t deny that I am a product of the 70’s. The music of that decade, in my opinion, is the best of all time. We were the generation that was encouraged by song stylist like Curtis Mayfield and of course the father of Funk, George Clinton!!! (Scary huh?) But growing in grace, (and gray hairs), I find my spirit drawn most often to the music of the master. Ohio players were replaced by Walter Hawkins, and Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes were replaced by Andre Crouch and Kirk Franklin and too many others to name in this space. But I must confess, my all time favorite, right or wrong, is James Cleveland. It is James Cleveland that prompted this month’s word of encouragement.
As we watch our world spin out of control, first with COVID-19, followed by the death of George Floyd, and most currently the burning and rioting in our major cities, the words that come to mind are the word of James Cleveland singing “Peace, Be Still”. In case you don’t remember, it goes like this,
“Master, the tempest is raging, And the billows are tossing high
We seem to be in the midst of a storm as our nation, once again, faces inner turmoil.
Let the peace of Our Saviour keep you in perfect peace as we pray and seek the Lord