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Transcending Terrible

April 21, 2019

April 20, 2019, marks the twentieth anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School. At the time, I was attending the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, one hour away from Columbine, working on my doctorate.

On this twentieth anniversary of the Columbine High shootings, I am visiting Colorado. I have discussed with friends the statewide school closings that occurred only days ago when a Florida high school student infatuated with the Columbine High killings flew to Colorado on April 15, 2019, and purchased a shotgun and ammunition. She was later found dead on Mount Evans; her death is a suspected suicide.

Indeed, the world can be a terrible and frightening place.

During the same trip, I had the pleasure of spontaneously hearing a friend rehearse on the pipe organ in an old church with marvelous acoustics, and I was able to listen from the loft where the organ pipes are located. The rich, powerful sound vibrated the walls and ceilings as my friend practiced the postlude for an upcoming Easter service.

Such a fine, fine moment.

It amazes me that a person can perform music using both hands and both feet simultaneously and produce such incredible, transcendent melodies, and that my friend can still do so with such dexterity at 78 years old.

Yes, the world can be a terrible and frightening place, but the One who is Easter invites us not to stop there.

There is a Melody Who Transcends.

A Happy Easter to all.




  1. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    Thank you for the lovely commemoration. I have been to Greeley. My sister lives there.

  2. Thanks Mercedes…..the world is in decline but Jesus is still on the throne! I’m a retired music educator and run two jazz bands here in Maine. We are in big doo doo here. You recall when you spoke in Maine at a meeting set up by Heidi Sampson?
    Steve Schran

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