Reflection from August 7, 2022

Music is the Message

We had a unique Sunday experience this week with the return of Tom Roe and his wife Elaine with a Gospel-music service.Tom’s message is in his music. He performed a generous number of Gospel songs for us including:

  • The Glory Song
  • 8 Pints of Blood (The price He paid for all eternity.)
  • I Love To Tell the Story
  • Are You Ready?
  • The God of the Mountain
  • The Voice of Jesus
  • It Is Well With My Soul
  • As I Walk With My Lord
  • You Can’t Live Wrong and Expect To Die Right
  • The Old Rugged Cross

Each of the titles provides food for meditation. Only the person can give his or her credible testimony so we won’t try to capture Tom’s here ; however, he spoke of his poor upbringing near Chatham Ontario, his mother dying at 41 years of age, his early love of music, studying guitar in London and then in Ottawa, having to fend for himself, an early marriage that fell apart, trying to support 2 kids, involvement in fraudulent banking, going to jail, eventually moving to Toronto, no money, and ending up convicted of bank robbery. It was in prison that a Salvation Army chaplain led him to the Bible and ultimately to committing his life to Jesus.

Tom has remained impressively firm in that commitment and continues to share his Faith, as he did today, in wonderfully extensive and effective ways through his Gospel music. He and Elaine concluded the Sunday service with a moving version of ‘Way Maker’: You are way-maker, miracle-worker, promise-keeper, light in the darkness . . . that is who You are . . . I worship You. 

May God continue to bless Tom Roe in his ministry.

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