Congratulations to all the students who performed this afternoon at the Illinois Music Educator Association’s annual state conference in Peoria. Your performances were truly musical and very inspiring touching many aspects of our lives and souls. Thanks also to the teachers and directors who made these concerts possible. Your efforts are producing blessings upon number. It is essential for us as church musicians to tap into the hundreds and hundreds of young children and high school students who are learning an instrument at home or in their schools. What better way is there to connect children to their faith than through music and involving them that way in the proclamation of the Word in their churches – especially considering how important music was to the proclamation of the Word in Scripture. There is a special place in God’s heart for musicians. May God richly bless you all!