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« on: February 21, 2010, 09:14:24 PM »

It was chilly in  Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square . Early November weather in New York City holds only the slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it's enough to send the masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth.
 
For a musician, it's the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I'm told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right. Apparently, we were striking all the right chords that night, because our basket was almost overflowing. It was a fun, low-pressure gig - I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from the '40s to the '90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the classic, "If You Don't Know Me by Now," I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along.
 After the tune was over, she approached me. "I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?" she asked. "No," I replied. "We love it when the audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next selection?"
 
To my delight, she accepted my invitation.. "You choose," I said. "What are you in the mood to sing?"

"Well. ... do you know any hymns?"
 
Hymns? This woman didn't know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. "Name one."
 
"Oh, I don't know. There are so many good ones. You pick one."
 
"Okay," I replied. "How about 'His Eye is on the Sparrow'?"
 
My new friend was silent, her eyes averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said, "Yeah. Let's do that one." She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center of the shop. With my two-bar setup, she began to sing.
 
Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come?
 
The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed. Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen. The song rose to its conclusion.
 
I sing because I'm happy; I sing because I'm free. For His eye is on the sparrow And I know He watches me.
 
When the last note was sung, the applause crescendo to a deafening roar that would have rivaled a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall. Embarrassed, the woman tried to shout over the din, "Oh, y'all go back to your coffee! I didn't come in here to do a concert! I just came in here to get somethin' to drink, just like you!" But the ovation continued..
 
I embraced my new friend. "You, my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!"
 
"Well, it's funny that you picked that particular hymn," she said.
 
"Why is that?"
 
"Well . .." she hesitated again, "that was my daughter's favorite song."
 
"Really!" I exclaimed.
 
---"Yes," she said, and then grabbed my hands.
---By this time, the applause had subsided and it was business as usual..
---"She was 16. She died of a brain tumor last week."
 
I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. "Are you going to be okay?"
 
 
She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. "I'm gonna be okay. I've just got to keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs, and everything's gonna be just fine." She picked up her bag, gave me her card, and then she was gone.
 
 
 Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just happened to pick the very hymn that was the favorite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to believe it. God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time, and it's no stretch for me to imagine that he could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting him and singing his songs, everything's gonna be okay.
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The next time you feel like GOD can't use YOU, or will never forgive you, just remember...
 
        Noah was a drunk
 
        Abraham was too old
 
        Isaac was a daydreamer
 
        Jacob was a liar
 
        Leah was ugly
 
        Joseph was abused
 
        Moses had a stuttering problem
 
        Gideon was afraid
 
        Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer
 
        Rahab was a prostitute
 
        Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
 
        David had an affair and was a murderer
 
        Isaiah preached naked

       Jonah ran from God
 
        Naomi was a widow

       Job went bankrupt
 
        Peter denied Christ
 
        The Disciples fell asleep while praying
 
        Martha worried about everything

      The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
 
       Zaccheus was too small
 
       Paul was too religious

       Timothy had an ulcer...

     AND Lazarus was dead!

My two sheckles on the above....You never know when G-d will use you to make a difference in someones life. Its not about being a might man or woman of G-d, Its about being a humble man or woman serving a Might G-d who for some explicable reason loves each and everyone of us.
Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2010, 07:51:39 AM »

Rabbi,

Thank you for giving me something to start my week off with and share with my family.

VideoVern (aka: Skip)
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« Reply #2 on: August 4, 2011, 06:59:49 PM »

Don't know how I missed this one, it was great.  Thanks for sharing Rabbi, I hope all is well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 4, 2011, 08:12:14 PM »

ZMan greetings!

Great to hear from you, yes all is well I am getting around a lot better now that the scar tissue is starting to loosen up from my second staph infection earlier this year, still limping but definitely much better, Baruch HaShem! How about you heading down to the land of Coz any time soon?
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Watch your Habits, they become character;
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
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« Reply #4 on: August 5, 2011, 01:45:09 PM »

Glad to hear you are on the mend!  Yes sir, heading down next month on the 3rd.  Any plans for you once you are better?  Good luck with your continued recovery.
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« Reply #5 on: August 5, 2011, 04:38:36 PM »

Glad to hear you are on the mend!  Yes sir, heading down next month on the 3rd.  Any plans for you once you are better?  Good luck with your continued recovery.

Hey luck you!

Cozumel ? Maybe after the first of the year, I really need to get away and get some diving in. Right now I'm getting a lot of riding in on my V-Rod heading back to my old stomping ground Longmont Colorado for some mountain riding and planning on making the Bikes, Blues & BBQ in  Fayetteville Arkansas smack dab in the middle of Northwest Arkansas, this area of the Ozarks has some of the most scenic motorcycle riding in the United States. This is the last of the big bike rally's before winter September 28 - October 2nd. I did a lot of work on my V-Rod while I was healing up what I called my winter project this will be a good time to show it off a little.


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Watch your actions, they become habits;
Watch your Habits, they become character;
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
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« Reply #6 on: August 6, 2011, 01:00:48 PM »

Good to hear from you again,  been hoping you are recovering.  If you are going to Coz in Feb. or March, we may get to meet. 

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« Reply #7 on: August 6, 2011, 02:25:28 PM »

Good to hear from you again,  been hoping you are recovering.  If you are going to Coz in Feb. or March, we may get to meet. 

skip (aka: videoVern)

That could happen.....I was looking at around March or April, it would be great to meet up.
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Watch your thoughts, they become words;
Watch your words, they become actions;
Watch your actions, they become habits;
Watch your Habits, they become character;
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
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« Reply #8 on: August 6, 2011, 05:19:54 PM »

The bike looks great!  Enjoy the riding and I hope you get back to Coz soon.
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