The Joy of “Croscering”

I only have a brief moment, but this was so pleasant that I wanted to share.  My five-year-old was singing a hymn with me a couple of hours ago (“Blessed and Happy Is the Man” in the event that you are interested, and no, we don’t sing together as often as I would like) and when he got to the word “prospers” he said “croscers” — whatever that means.  On one hand, I was chastised that I haven’t helped him learn the song well enough that he knows the right word.  On the other hand, it was a fun and pleasant moment.  The word may have made no sense, but you could tell from the happy look on his face that he knew what the song meant: the man who strives to walk in God’s way is one blessed dude.  And, apparently, such a man really knows how to croscer, because the song says he does it well.

It reminded me, too, of my all time favorite moment ever from serving at the Church’s pre-teen camps: the spontaneous “Oh, How Love I Thy Law!” duet sung by my son and other camper in our dorm.  Wow.  Dad filed that one away in the “long term recall” folder.  Makes me look all the more forward to this year’s camp (for which a church announcement is in the works and should be out soon).

I hope all of you have a truly marvelous Sabbath tonight and tomorrow, and “I wish that in all things that thou mayest croscer and be in health, even as thy soul croscereth” (3 John 2… sorta…) 🙂

Take care!

4 thoughts on “The Joy of “Croscering”

  1. william henry wilson

    The sharing of touching personal moments gives much life and effectiveness to your ministry.

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  2. Verlee Williams

    While singing “Not Many Wise Men Now Are Called” I suddenly realized our daughter was singing “Not Many Normal Brethren” instead of “Not Many Noble Brethren”

  3. Ha! Now THAT is a good one! I think I fall into the “Not Many Normal Brethren” category sometimes. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing that one!

    Best regards,
    Wallace Smith

  4. Hi again, Mr. Smith!

    Join the club. “Peculiar People Ltd.”, as Basil Wolverton once put it.

    During the receivership imposed on the Worldwide Church of God in 1979 (I was in Pasadena at AC when that happened), some of us used to sing, “Not many wise men now are called / Not many judges either…” This was because the receiver was one Judge Wiseman. Not terribly reverent to God or respectful to man, but it seemed funny at the time…

    Apropos to Psalm 1 and Dwight Armstrong’s rendition of it: How utterly different is the mood given by the Psalm in the Hebrew Masoretic Text (Letteris Edition), thanks to the musical accents as deciphered by Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Here is a direct link to a file on my personal Web site:

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    The sort of “happiness” described in so many places in Hebrew Scripture (and in the Beatitudes as well) is not always accompanied by the sort of radiant joy that Dwight Armstrong’s hymn conveys. Quite the contrary — the emotion is usually much gentler, sometimes it is very serious and meditative (as here), and sometimes it is even underlined by a sort of grim satisfaction at justice being served (as in Psalms 137, last two verses — this Psalm, again, is so much different from Dwight Armstrong’s version):

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    It seems to me (and this is an oversimplification, so “caveat lector”) that “blessed is…” (or more literally, “O the happiness of…”) has first of all to do with the ability to put things in perspective. Joy of the sort expressed by Mr. Armstrong’s hymn may accompany that, or not.

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