I pray this finds you
well, enjoying wisdom, strength, joy, peace, love, goodness,
faith, hope and optimism.
I am doing well,
thanking the Lord for all his mercies and favors and for
giving me the opportunity to comfort those who have lost
their dear ones.
Last week and on
Sunday and yesterday, I attended three funerals
of elderly members of our church and directed
one of the services, that of brother Lennox Burgess from
Trinidad Tobago who was baptized a year ago. He had
travelled much before coming to Miami, where he
found God and dedicated his music to him. We
sang his favorite hymns, read the Scriptures, and heard
touching testimonies of his
dedication, humbleness and passion for music
and God. Amen. I am happy that he received Jesus as his
Jesus gives peace and
I reccommend you
to spend time with him, reading the Scriptures, praying
in his name to God and keeping the faith. I wish you a blessed and
With Jesus it will be
so! Let us spend more time this month with
May God bless you and
keep you, make his light shine on you, have on you mercy and
put in you peace, in Jesus' name, amen!
With love and prayers,
pd. I share with you
what I wrote about Lennox. Enjoy it and the psalms!
Lennox Burgess was a
special musician. He changed his surroundings with the music
that vibrated in his soul and which resonated through his
saxophone. I actually “heard” him first. He was the hotel’s
first floor resident who would diligently practice on his
clarinet and saxophone. His determination to make music on a
daily basis made me admire him even before meeting him face to
face. I knew from experience that it takes a lot of will power
to learn a new instrument, to practice it constantly and not
give up. Many years ago, I had given up on the base clarinet
after a few months of playing it, and I figure he would do the
same. I was wrong.
practicing month after month and one Friday evening, I saw him
in church with his instrument. The next day, I heard him play.
I was awed at the beautiful, melodious notes coming out of his
saxophone. He accompanied the congregational songs with art,
grace and love that Sabbath and many more until he was
Out of church,
Lennox also made music for God. One afternoon as I was passing
in front of the hotel, he played for me on his clarinet a
song he had composed for God. I was impressed with the
sweetness of the composition and execution and honored to have
been the recipient of such a gift. I told him it was so
beautiful that he should play it in church for the rest to
enjoy. He smiled modestly and said he would think about
it. In the meantime he continued playing
others’ hymns even though he would not always understand the
words. Yet this did not bother Lennox . Music, the universal
language, connected him to the Master Musician and to the rest
of his Christian brothers and sisters. One day he said: “Music
is music. I feel the music and that is enough for me”. And on
the Sabbath that Lennox was baptized, he exclaimed: “This is
the happiest day of my life, the happiest day of my life!”
I now realized that he practiced to make
beautiful music for God. Angelica
Make a joyful noise unto
the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is
God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are
his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates
with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be
thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all
Praise ye the LORD.
Praise God in his
sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his
Praise him for his
mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent
Praise him with the
sound of the
trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and
Praise him with the
timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed
instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the
loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding
Let every thing that hath breath praise the
LORD. Praise ye the