My guess is there were 85 to 100 in attendance, both women and men, ranging from age 50 into their 90s. A local church hosts tImagehe monthly gathering—a 50+ group attended by seniors from various backgrounds.
This month’s theme was Sharing Your Talents or Gifts. As guest speaker and musician I was to present a brief talk on that topic, and my wife would also join me in a duet as part of my music section.
Before my slot several of the seniors performed and presented their talents.
Fred sang, accompanying himself on his 12-string guitar. Sounded younger than his years, his relaxed and easy style sent his music floating across the auditorium.
Shirley displayed two of her oil paintings and shared her love of drawing and painting.
Another lady talked of her delight in crotchet, and showed beautiful wraps and a gorgeous multicoloured afghan (it years to complete).
Sharon, in costume and character, performed a comedic soliloquy of an old mustached country geezer—quite a hoot. And Ron wowed us all and raised laughs with sleight-of-hand magic tricks.
We’ll chat here for a while around the theme.
Whereas some people are multi-talented, we might feel that we have little or no talent. Let’s not sell ourselves short:
Let’s raise our gaze: We really do have something to offer others, for we’ve each been entrusted with at least one gift or talent.
It’s important that we don’t bury it, like a steward did in the parable Jesus told in Matthew chapter 25.
Let’s raise our gaze: We’re only responsible for what God has entrusted to us, not for what we haven’t got.
Talents (in our contemporary use of the word) are not limited to those who speak publically or sing and / or play an instrument. The scope is endless. For example: Dramatic arts, reading and writing, graphic arts, arts and crafts, baking and cooking, and knitting, crocheting, macramè and sewing; also hospitality, friendship and caring etc., etc. These and many more skills can all be employed as vehicles for blessing others.
Let’s Raise our gaze: The beneficial abilities and sensibilities God has invested in our lives and entrusted to us provide ‘currency’ to be reinvested in the lives of others, as we share them with humility, in Jesus’ name.
I accompanied May’s and my duet on piano. And a couple of songs accompanied by accordion rattled the timbers and maybe shattered a few aged nerves. Then a brief demonstration of contrasting gifts and abilities helped illustrate the point, using my small harmonica (it cost a buck in a dollar store about 10 years ago) and my accordion.
Poor little “Harmo” has only ten reed tongues, whereas big “Accordio” has 448 reed tongues. But how is Accordio to feel compared to a massive cathedral pipe organ? It’s all relative.
Lets’ raise our gaze: The single talent person as well as the multitalented has a valid ability to benefit others .
One senior saint noticeably winced as I sounded out America! America! in that lovely patriotic hymn America the Beautiful of our cousins to the south. The operator on the soundboard was caught unawares as I reached those strong higher notes of the verse—it was quite a blast! I sang it as a surprise for the host pastor, an American. (Tongue-in-cheek, hopefully it offered a moment of consolation, in view of his country’s hockey loss at Sochi 🙂 ).
My talk offered encouragement assuring everyone that they are gifted—they do have a talent, something they can share with others. Our part wrapped up with a couple of pieces on piano by request.
A delicious lunch was enjoyed after the program was over.
I do hope some folks present, who thought they had no talent of gift to share, would venture now to share their gifts — write and send a card of encouragement, knit or crochet a dishcloth or two and note to encourage a friend, or someone living alone. It doesn’t take a whole lot, does it? Drivers are always needed to deliver meals on wheels et cetera.
Be blessed, my gifted friends.
In my next post (half the length of this one!) I’ll share about Margaret who, despite great difficulty employed her humble talents to cheer and encourage others.
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