Bill & Gloria.
My first memory of singing to an audience is in the year 1997 when I was 3 years old. I was a part of my preschool’s production of “Kids Under Construction,” where I sang with my little voice these words: “I am promise. I am a possibility…I can be anything, anything God wants me to be.” I credit this musical, penned by Bill and Gloria Gaither, as the beginning of my love of music.
Today, I was blessed to be a part of Evangel’s combined choir—singing “There’s Something About that Name” and “The Church Triumphant,” both written by the Gaithers during their ministry. We ministered in chapel, and then Concert Choir had the privilege of sharing some more songs during a luncheon after chapel.
Before sharing our last song "I Then Shall Live," Concert Choir director Mrs. Sharon Wilkins invited Gloria to come to the microphone to share the story of why she wrote the song. With a hush in the crowd, and the Holy Spirit's presence so evident, Gloria opened up that writing the lyrics to this song was much easier than actually living out what the lyrics say. She mentioned that because Christ's death and resurrection transform our lives, they should also transform the way we live each day. "I then shall live as one who's learned compassion. I've been so loved that I'll risk loving too."
It was so touching for me to hear Gloria speak humbly about her own life, despite her many achievements. She is a beautiful example of one who truly relies on God's strength for the day-to-day, doesn't ride on yesterday's anointing, and is ever seeking to follow the Holy Spirit's leading for today. And her husband Bill is the same.
What an experience to be able to glean wisdom from the Gaithers. During their time here, I further grasped the concept that God's desire is to keep stretching us, guiding us, and molding us into His image. He has birthed a passion in each of us, and no matter what our age, He will continue to use us in new ways to touch others and give Him glory if we are WILLING. The Gaithers are examples of individuals with such a willingness to listen to God's voice, and they have inspired me and those of us in the Evangel family to have the same desire in our hearts.
“…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” ~Philippians 1:6