Last weekend, a disc jockey on a local jazz radio station did something a bit unconventional. In honor of Valentine’s Day, he played several hours of the classic, “My Funny Valentine”. But each version was done by a different artist and each was remarkably different. The artists ranged from jazz legends such as Art Farmer and Ella Fitzgerald, to classic pop singers like Frank Sinatra, to contemporary singers like Carly Simon, Ronnie Milsap, and Anita Baker.
Here is a small sampling:
All in all, it made for a fascinating listening! One song, different singers, same message.
It was a lovely reminder of the unity of the Church, the Body of Jesus Christ. Different believers serve within the Church, utilizing their God-given gifts and talents in His service. Some have the gift of hospitality, others the gift of teaching or exhortation, still others are prayer warriors. But all different members utilizing different talents and gifts are for the same message, to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. One God, different gifts, same message.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
On this Valentine’s day, may God surround you and your loved ones with His love and peace.
Blessings with Aloha!