To hear her former students extol her virtues, one quickly gets the idea that Gabrielyn Watson is one of those teachers who has truly made a difference. In a video that has recently been making the rounds online, a Kleenex commercial that depicts this remarkable woman being reunited with her students truly had me reaching for some facial tissue to dab my eyes.
It seems that this high school music teacher has had some challenges with her health. This is evident by her somewhat gaited walk and use of a cane as she makes her way down a school hallway in the video. Her former students travel from a variety of places to meet her in that hallway. This aging music teacher thinks she is heading towards a staff meeting, but what she is about to encounter will be far more enriching than any staff meeting could ever be.
One student emerges into the teacher’s path and begins to sing Amazing Grace. Two more students fall in behind him, and before long an entire chorus is moving towards Ms. Watson as they sing together in harmony. Gabrielyn is visibly moved as she lowers herself to the floor, leans against a wall of lockers and weeps openly. Her former students (whose lives have been indelibly marked by this transformative instructor) sing passionately and deliberately as they walk towards her.
This reunion of love culminates with hugs, tears, and personal messages that are filled with gratitude and thanks. “Because of you, I am everything that I am today!” exclaims Peter, the leader of the group. The rest of the group nods in agreement. What a fitting way to thank someone who has brought out the love of song in the hearts of students from all walks of life.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16, NKJV).
“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalm 96:1, NKJV).
Does God want to hear us sing to Him? If the great number of verses in the Scriptures about music are any indication of its importance to Him, it is safe to say that He enjoys it immensely. Singing to God, and to one another is a wonderful way to show our love, care, and kindness.
Michael Temple writes from North Dakota.
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