Everybody needs somebody

By | May 9, 2019 11:00 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

When I wrote about the Playl boys earning first place trophies in their respective divisions in karate class, I mentioned one received a trophy for speech. Responding to my column, my lifelong friend, Jay Baker, emailed to remind me of our singing group in Madisonville, KY, our old hometown.

Ron Chesnut, Mitch Roland, Jay, and I sang “Barbershop” Gospel and other music of unnamed genre in an unnamed quartet. When we entered the western Kentucky version of “Hopkins County’s Got Talent” at the county fair, we ended up winning first place – minus a trophy – for the night. On Saturday night, we competed with the other nightly winners and came in second or third. Truthfully, we were pretty good. No recording contract or anything: we were not bad, though.

I said, “We.” It took all four of us. Had it been a solo, I probably would have been pelted with rotten tomatoes.

Speaking of singing, last Sunday evening I seated myself in the beautiful sanctuary of Bristol’s First Presbyterian Church for a concert by the Korean Children’s Choir, a ministry of the Far East Broadcasting Company. If you live anywhere close to Bristol, you should have been there. If you were there, you know how spectacular the performance was…and you will surely agree with me that it is practically impossible to describe such an inspirational event. Lively spiritual songs, a few secular tunes, and several gospel hymns were accompanied by spell-binding choreography. A strong presence of LOVE could be felt as they sang in English and Korean, waved flags from all over the world, and hugged every member of the audience.

With close to 50 members in the group, they operated as a unit, a well-oiled piece of machinery. Had all of the children sung different songs – at the same time – or collided with others in the group as they glided across the stage, it would have been utter chaos. Instead, they functioned together.

Psalm 133 reminds us that it is a beautiful thing, when folks live together in unity.

We live in a chaotic world, but when people – especially Christians – put forth the effort to work together, our whole perspective brightens. It takes practice.

Another impressive aspect of the message presented by Dr. Billy Kim and the kids from Korea was deep gratitude for the United States, felt by so many people from their country. More than 65 years after the Korean War, they are still expressing words of appreciation for America’s involvement in saving South Korea from communism. Although it was all over long before these children were around, they have been taught.

They also thanked “us” for sending missionaries to share the gospel of Christ with their people. In return, they are now sharing the good news.

As Americans, we could learn so much from the positive viewpoint of this group. Many from our nation could be schooled in the importance of history. So many children today are unaware of what has taken place in the world that has affected us and could still affect us.

We could also learn the importance of communicating appreciation to others. How many people do you know today who, seemingly, are unable to say…THANK YOU! ?

Awareness of the interconnectedness of the human race should also be emphasized. A young soldier in a faraway land, Bobby Griffith, touched the life of a young boy, Billy Kim, who became a world renowned evangelist. Dr. Kim has influenced countless others, including those in the current children’s choir. They, in turn, inspired a sizable congregation last Sunday. All of us affect those around us who, in turn, affect others.

With practice, we can work together for the common good. It takes four to make a quartet, and it takes all of us to accomplish great things for God, but all of us need each other.

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