It is rare that I write a blog piece endorsing a musical group. The mission which Marmar has clearly articulated to us and all of you is that we are here to inspire you in your journey. The Lord has moved in my heart that one of the ways I can do that is to profile musical talent, who have an inspiratonal message.
To begin that journey I would like to say that the Philippine Madrigal Singers are a blessing to listen to. No matter what struggles I am going through God uses these gifted vocalists led by their choirmaster, Mark Anthony Caprio, to lift me to a place of serenity.
Quoting from their web site: “Their choirmaster has led the group on many tours all over the world. In 2004 Mark Anthony Caprio led the choir to Europe, where they won both First prIzes in the Habanera and Polyphony categories in the Certámen Internacional de Habaneras y Polifonia held in Torrevieja, Spain. Among the Madz’ greatest recent accolades under their choirmaster’s direction are their victories in the 35th Florilege Vocal de Tours, France (2006), and at the 2007 European Grand Prix for Choral Singing held in Arrezo, Italy.”
Music can inspire us. It can comfort us in our struggles. It can bring peace to our storm. I used the gift the Lord gave me to sing and pray for a friend through the night, who had a plan of how he was going to commit suicide. In the dawn of morning’s light the hold the Enemy had over this man’s life was broken. Treated as a piece of garbage and institutionalized because of his advanced cerebral palsy, he went on in spite of his many critics to take literacy training. He has written and published books of spiritual prose. He is training to be a pastor. This man of God, who blazes for his Lord, is also a passionate social advocate and gifted painter.
Music teaches us that even with the increasing darkness in our world love can conquer hate and that there is a world filled with beauty, love and an enduring hope. It is the hope we all have that we will put away our grave clothes of hatred and indifference, and put on the garments of the enduring hope we have in Christ. Hope for you. Hope for me. Hope for our hurting world.
It is my prayer that if it be the Lord’s will that He will open a door for me to learn from Mark Anthony Caprio, and offer the Lord’s gift in singing and songwriting He has given for His glory.
A friend and brother in Christ said as he prayerd about it with the Lord he could see a time when the gift in singing and songwriting the Lord gave me would provide a living income for Karen and me. It would be so wonderful if that vision was to become a reality! It would be a glorious thing to say goodbye to being on the limited funds of disability, and say hello to a life of independence from it. Lord, let Your holy and perfect will be done.
I end with a gift to you more powerful than any words I could ever write of the Philippine Madrigal Singers doing what they do best -singing to the glory and honour of God.
If you want to find out more about them, please go to:
You Raise Me Up
Popular Songs – The Cocunut -(one of my favourites fruits) will lift your spirits and have you smiling.
The Circle of Life
Songs of beauty and grace
P.S. My gift to you and all of them. Me singing Karen’s Serenade, In the Garden and at my stepbrother’s church.
My life story A Boy’s Calling to be a Missionary of the Heart
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14, New King James Version).
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