Have you ever wished you could just push a button and make someone happy?
I’m fortunate, because I’ve found a way to do that very thing.
Let me explain. I play organ once or twice a month at a small country church. A year or so ago, after a service, one of the ladies from the congregation asked if I would perhaps use the organ chimes sometime. She just loved them, she said, and had not heard them in years.
The next time I played, I looked at the many organ stops (known to the casual observer as “buttons”), and sure enough, amongst those that were hard to decipher (quick, anyone know what an “aeoline” or a “gemshorn” sounds like?), was the lowly CHIMES.
That day, I added the chimes stop to my typical set-up for the last verse of the opening hymn.
Understand that my organ church is part of a pretty reticent farming community. Despite the fact that I’ve been playing there for almost a decade, it’s pretty rare for most of the congregants to speak to me. But on this day, the woman who’d mentioned the chimes ran up and hugged me. It was a great thing — I had made someone so happy, just by pushing a button!
Since then, I’ve added the chimes in as an every-week feature. I use them on the final verse of the opening hymn, as well as on the final verse of the closing hymn. There are exceptions — somehow, chimes just don’t seem appropriate the week before Easter — but those are rare. Each time that first chimy note plays, a woman in the balcony looks over at me, smiles, and gives me an enthusiastic thumbs-up. Often after church, a congregant will shyly mention that they “sure enjoy those chimes” before shuffling quickly off to their vehicle.
It’s kind of nice, making someone happy so easily. If only all of life could be that way …
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
— Romans 12:18