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December 23, 2012 / Pastor George Fike

On the 11th day of Christmas… Blessed Be the Tie


KBC Don AldridgeI had the opportunity to sing in the Christmas cantata today at my home church, Kirby Baptist Church near San Antonio TX.  I got to sit next to Don Aldridge, my dad’s favorite golf partner and the man who taught me how to read music sitting in the church choir.  His thinning red hair is now white, but then, my dirty brown hair is now grey.  His humor is the same, teasing me any chance he got.  The church sang a new version of the 12 Days of Christmas.  It went like this:

KBC’S 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me a Song in my Heart.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Joy in the journey.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Peace Like a River.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Love Overflowing.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Hope for tomorrow.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Grace in abundance.

12 days - 11 pipers

On the sixth day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Forgiveness for my sins.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Eternal Life.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Four Gospels.

On the third day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Three in One.

On the second day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me 2 Testaments.

On the first day of Christmas, my Dear Lord gave to me Jesus Christ His Son.

My home church hasn’t changed a lot from the days I helped shingle it as a mission start.  A lot of the faces have changed.  There’s a good deal more gray than blond floating above the smiling faces.  It’s hard to tell how much longer the church will make it with the older style of worship, the dignified but down-home decorum.  But these people know how to love each other.  Having come from a more “popular” church, there was something refreshing about the sense of family I experienced in just these last few weeks of choir rehearsals and presentations.  You know, it just doesn’t matter if you can pack a thousand people in your church if there is no real connection.  Better to have 100 churches of 100 people if their love is genuine.

Enjoy this new arrangement of an old hymn.

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