I grew up with an LP (that is a big black disc from which music used to emerge, for those of you who are confused) in the house. It was called Sacred Songs. Actually I was convinced that it said Scared Songs on the cover and it became a bit of a family joke.
Sacred Songs included a collection of hymns sung by George Beverly Shea who is synonymous with the Billy Graham Crusades. 'George Bev' was a voice that filled our home. The words of his hymns grafted into my spirituality. I am blessed.
Well ... yesterday George Beverly Shea had his 100th birthday. Amazing!
As my tribute to the influence of his music on my life I've located a couple of youtube clips of my two favourite GBS hymns. Unfortunately I could not find GBS singing them. But don't be scared! They are just 2-3min each. Take time to listen to the simple spirituality in the unadorned words and make them the foundation of your life.
First up Cliff Richard singing "It is no secret what God can do"...
And then a Rebecca Henricks singing "I'd rather have Jesus"...