February is Black History Month!
Every month we celebrate accomplishments of African Americans and every year we highlight the history and contributions of African Americans during the month of February.
Sunday we will focus on the “Blues.”
“On a lonely night in 1903, W.C. Handy, the African American leader of a dance orchestra, got stuck waiting for a train in the hamlet of Tutwiler, Mississippi. With hours to kill and nowhere else to go, Handy fell asleep on a hard wooden bench at the empty depot. When he awoke, a ragged black man was sitting next to him, singing about “goin’ where the Southern cross the Dog” and sliding a knife against the strings of a guitar. The musician repeated the line three times and answered with his instrument.
Intrigued, Handy asked what the line meant. It turned out that the tracks of the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, which locals called the Yellow Dog, crossed the tracks of the Southern Railroad in the town of Moorhead, where the musician was headed, and he’d put it into a song.
It was, Handy later said, “the weirdest music I had ever heard.”
That strange music was the blues, although few people knew it by that name.” [Excerpt from PBS, The Blues Classroom]
You probably know the story of Job, God’s faithful servant. Yes, Job was patient and in the end he trusted God.” The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Job also experienced the BLUES in the10th chapter!
Job 10:1-3, 8-9, 18-29 [NIV Translation]
“I loathe my very life;
therefore I will give free rein to my complaint
and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
I say to God: Do not declare me guilty,
but tell me what charges you have against me.
Does it please you to oppress me,
to spurn the work of your hands,
while you smile on the plans of the wicked?
“Your hands shaped me and made me.
Will you now turn and destroy me?
Remember that you molded me like clay.
Will you now turn me to dust again?
“Why then did you bring me out of the womb?
I wish I had died before any eye saw me.
If only I had never come into being,
or had been carried straight from the womb to the grave!
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