The Slumbering Chord

Is there a song that, whenever you hear it, awakens a slumbering chord in your heart? For me it is “Trouble in the Amen Corner.” (If you are not familiar with it, you may listen to it on this link: https://youtu.be/1urlF0DH5AY.)

“Trouble in the Amen Corner” stirs my heartstrings for Steve. He was my third brother.

. . . the one who was born premature at seven months. My mother said he was so fragile she was afraid to touch him.

. . . the one who had a stroke when he was three. Johns Hopkins Hospital discharged him with a permanent limp and limited use of his left arm.

. . . the one who had surgery for testicular cancer when he was fourteen. Radiation treatments for lung cancer when he was a high school senior. That was the year the doctor gave him six months to live.

. . . the one who wanted to be a state trooper but got jobs whenever and wherever he could. Once he was a night watchman. Another time he was a stock clerk. When his supervisor’s boss saw him, he told her to get rid of Steve. “But he’s my best worker,” she protested. It didn’t matter; he was an insurance risk.

. . . the one who volunteered to teach backyard Bible lessons for a children’s ministry. He got good feedback. When he asked for a paid position, he was told he had not taken Bible courses. Solely supporting himself, he left Baltimore, Maryland, to attend a Bible college in Calgary, Canada. Holding those credentials, he returned to Baltimore. Without explanation, the organization would not hire him.

. . . the one who sang in the adult choir at the church where he grew up. He had answered the invitation for any church member to join it. That did not count when the choir was preparing a special concert and so-called important people who belonged to something somewhere else would be attending. The music minister asked my brother Steve not to sing.

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.”
(1 Peter 4:17 KJV)

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9 thoughts on “The Slumbering Chord

  1. Oh Judy, your commentary pulls at my heart strings! Yes, I see and feel the pain of so many. And I do see many in the church dropping the ball… Satan surely knows who’s shoulders to sit upon. I pray each morning that we would be better mindful of who’s we are. Myself included.

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  2. A truly painful experience. I once attended a church (I was a visitor from out of town) during which a choir sang. One of the choir members had a obvious birth defect – One eye in her forehead. I’ve never forgotten that church. It must have had people of compassion – Jesus character.
    Your story with scripture is so right.

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  3. Thank you Aunt Judy for sharing this. I did not know the details of Uncle Steve’s life but I knew in general the struggles he faced throughout his entire short life. More importantly I knew as others did that he remained faithful to his Savior until the end.

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