Music Across the Generations


Last week Susan spoke of the priceless discovery recently made by her family–her grandmother’s Bible from the late 1800’s.  This treasured book was full of notes, underlinings, and prayers all written with the hand of her grandmother.

This past Christmas the Ferriss family also experienced a priceless discovery.  My mother-in-law, a college music major, is still quite the musician at 92.  As my husband and his sister were growing up, Mrs. Ferriss taught piano in her home for many years.  My nine-year old granddaughter, Mary Chase, is also studying a musical instrument, the violin.  Soooooooo, I had the bright idea that Mary Chase and her great-grandmother should play a duet for us on Christmas Eve.  There was only one problem with this idea.  No piano.

Fortunately, I remembered our son’s electric key board still in its original box from his teenage years.  But did it still work?  No cord was found, but a few new batteries, and it was as good as new (well, almost!).  Mary Chase had been practicing Christmas carols several weeks before Christmas, but Mrs. Ferriss had not.  In fact, she had never played a key board before in her life.  How thankful I was for the flexibility of this 92-year old great-grandmother!!  She was willing to give it a try, and try she did!

Amidst the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree and the warmth of a roaring fire, our family watched and listened with amazement as Miriam Ferriss and her great-granddaughter Mary Chase performed a concert together.  As the strains of Joy to the World were played, I could feel the tears weld up in my eyes; my heart about to burst.  What a beautiful picture of life as it was created to be!

 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.  (Psalm 89:1-2)   

 One day the new heavens and the new earth will be filled with thousands upon thousands of generations playing and singing together to the glory of God. If this “foretaste” of that glorious day is any indication, we are in for some kind of party!! 🙂







Speak Your Mind