Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. Mark 10:21
I remember growing up and hearing Mr Shea singing. My parents didn’t really speak lots of English at that point, but they just loved to hear him sing. There was a missionary at our church by the name of Luis Montalvo, who explained to me why they loved his music so.
It is the passion with which he sings, his heart goes into every word. The meaning of each song becomes more real as his voice, his manners, and his expressions display it. I soon learned that, this is the meaning of understanding how a true Christian life can be defined.
But yet as time went on, I always asked myself why he never made it to the top of the charts. Why wasn’t this man, this son of GOD not making the big bucks, like some of the other so-called “great Tenors”. I think he better in lots of respect.
As I stopped to think about, his passing at the age of 104. I was reminded of the Bible verse at the top. And now I realize, he was the top of the list that all those other tenors were trying reach.
His class, his love for the music will live in lots of our hearts around the world. He might have sung in English, but I know there are hearts of many languages who will never forget, the George Beverly Shea, version of “HOW GREAT THOU ART”.
May he rest in peace in the loving arms of savior and Lord Jesus Christ.
So give a listen, say a prayer, and take heed to finding greatness in Christ
If you click on the picture at the top, you can go to His memorial page.