The other morning while in my think tank—you know the kitchen. I was listening to some of the gospel music we used to listen to when we were children. The one thought that stuck with me was how on Saturday mornings we weren’t allowed to go anywhere until all of the dust bunnies were collected and my room looked like Mother Theresa could come to visit. My mom didn’t clean my room—I did. Then I’d rush off to my aunt Snookie’s house where we’d clean some more—but it was fun then as we listened to James Cleveland and the Angelic Choir singing Peace Be Still while we dusted and swept the house listening to Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Album or Oh Happy Day by the Edwin Hawkins Singers.

The late Edwin Hawkins

Years later who knew I would be living in Florida and at an invitation singing with the Edwin Hawkins Workshop. The weirdest thing—I was walking through a flea market just singing a song I was listening to, and someone said that I had a beautiful voice and should come by, join the Edwin Hawkins Workshop at their church then handed me a business card. Her name was Pinky Kennedy—go figure.

Nevertheless, I went and not only had the privilege of sitting at the piano next to Mr. Hawkins but ended up as an unexpected lead vocalist singing Oh Happy Day at a Harbour Island festivity in Tampa. I never thought in a million years that would’ve been me!

The moral of the story. To all you young folks who don’t like cleaning your room. Hey—you better make sure those dust bunnies are gone who knows you could be cleaning a path for something greater in your future but you’ll never know if you don’t try. I’ve always felt the saddest thing that can happen to anyone in life is missing an opportunity they never knew they had.

A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NKJV)

May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Have a phenomenal week….Blessings and Peace!

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  1. WoW!! 😲 Sitting by Edwin Hawkins at his piano would have been the closest to Heaven one could have been before actually getting there! His music carried me through the tumultuous 70s while I was in college and trying to find my way in a career!!
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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    • It’s an experience I will never forget! Thanks be to God his music helped you through. You must’ve made it alright in the direction you were headed because by God’s grace you are still here! Thanks for stopping by. Be and always stay blessed my friend.

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  2. Thanks C.F. Leach – one of my favorite spiritual songs – ‘Oh Happy Day,’ Edwin Hawkins (Philip Doddridge, original lyrics). Why does my heart flutter and tears flow when I hear this hymn? [Answer: salvation is so precious and the author of salvation, Jesus, even more precious.]


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