Hope Through Endurance: Song Communication

Today in Songs Performance class we welcomed songwriter Jeremy Hicks, stage name Thenvoy.  Mr. Hick's testimony is one of endurance and hope.  Early in his adulthood Mr. Hicks was diagnosed with chest cancer.  After his surgery he was told that one of his vocal chords was paralyzed and that he may never be able to sing again.  Through great suffering his voice returned and a character was produced in him that he now cherishes.  His personal story is reflected in his music which touches it's audience in very real and emotional way.  Mr. Hicks had the to opportunity to share his testimony with the students communicating, what the Apostle Paul says in Romans 5:3-4

"We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope"

This class is not only a time for students to hear stories and learn how to perform, but it's also an opportunity for them to share about their lives and what they are going through. Like any art form, song provides an opportunity for human beings to interact with one another in a personal and spiritual way.  It is a communication tool.  Near the end of class, Students got the opportunity to share the songs of their hearts.  Genesis Garner and Merci Warren performed a sweet song that they wrote together, that communicates God's mercy and love, and how our response to the LORD should be one a gratefulness.  It was a wonderful class, that spurred the students on to good thoughts and actions.