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    Sunrise Clouds

    The Miracle of Simple Happiness

    Colin Fields

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    • Carolee Uits

      I really appreciate your article with Dekker's advice to his students! It is rare that I don't wake with bright eyes. God truly is that good and great. Even when heavy thoughts are about me in my days, I have developed the discipline to ask myself, " So, in the scheme of things, which weighs the deepest and truest of any moment/thing - what will win, my gritchiness- or the Love God in Jesus and the Holy Spirit." Life is so much more worthwhile when I realize just how much God loves me/us/everyone and creation. That God is with us through it all. Whether an orchestra, a solo instrument, child's voice (or even my froggy alto)... or the song of a bird, the joy of God's incarnate, right here-and-now love is truly enough.

    • Dee Anne Roush

      Thank you for this joyous movement! It evokes summer pleasures in every way. If this doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what can.

    • metin erdem

      This made me feel peace in my heart. Thank you. Music is the food of the spirit. I thank you again dear Colin for making me feel love and peace for five minutes. We think and pray God that someday the peace will come to our land too and we can listen the music performances and feel the peace of God in our hearts.

    This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical, and more, to whosoever will think of it,” wrote sixteenth century playwright Thomas Dekker, whose appreciation for the simple gifts of everyday life is worth remembering:

    To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face;
    to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains;
    to approach my work with a clean mind;
    to hold ever before me, even in the doing of little things,
    the ultimate purpose toward which I am working;
    to meet men and women with laughter on my lips and love in my heart;
    to be gentle, kind, and courteous through all the hours;
    to approach the night with weariness that ever woos sleep
    and the joy that comes from work well done -
    this is how I desire to waste wisely my days.

    Johann Nepomuk Hummel was known in eighteenth-century Weimar not only as a brilliant pianist and composer, but also as a happy and honest family man who loved the company of other people. Content to leave genius to his moodier contemporaries Beethoven and Goethe, he advised one of his students, “Your purpose is to touch the heart, to instill joy, to delight the ear.” His E-major trumpet concerto may not be the weightiest music ever written, but its cheerful flow of melody does all those things with the effortless happiness of a summer day.

    Here the third movement is played with fitting effervescence by Wynton Marsalis.

    Wynton Marsalis plays the third movement of J. N. Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E Major
    'The Picnic' by Thomas Cole, 1846 The Picnic by Thomas Cole, 1846. View Larger Image
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