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Pastor David Hicks

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Pastor David Hicks

The story goes that the famous conductor Reichel was conducting a practice of Handel's Messiah. The soprano soloist had just finished singing, "I know that my Redeemer liveth". She had done a beautiful job, and everyone expected her to receive heaps of praise from Reichel. Instead he scrutinized her a moment, then said, "My daughter, you really do not know your Redeemer lives, do you?" The woman squirmed a little, then said, "Why yes, I believe I do."

"Then sing it!" Reichel commanded. "Tell it to me so I'll know you experienced the joy and power of it."

The soloist sang it again, this time with all the joy and passion that the song deserves. She brought tears to the eyes of everyone in the room. When she finished, Reichel wiped his own eyes and said, "You do know, for this time you have told me."

David Hicks, Pastor

Hawkins First United Methodist Church