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Meet Ricardo by Elizabeth Gillespie

An Advent Devotion
The Canticles of Christmas
Week Three: the Benedictus

Thursday, December 21

Hebrews 1:1-4

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:3a)

He came to me in brown sturdy cloth and smooth dark green velvet in a square carrier. He was decorated with golden accents and a smile that said it all. He had a gorgeous glow that would make all violinists blush, and little freckles around his chin. Tiger stripes lined his back and long ebony fingers, that only certain people could touch. Riccardo had a voice that could grab everyone's attention which was sweet as Whitney, bold as Simone, iconic as Cash, and powerful as Redding.

Riccardo is my violin which was given to me by my Nana two years ago for Christmas. Riccardo is my voice and knows what to say; he shares my experiences, my stories, and my thirst for life. Riccardo is a gift from God and I must say I am truly blessed.

I chant a hymn of praise for my dear violin and think of those who helped raise him. I thank my teachers who taught me how to handle him; my parents and my family who have spent so much to get me to where I am; the driving, the lessons, the orchestras, and the time; my community, for supporting me, showing up at my concerts, listening to my solos, and watching me grow. Lastly, I thank my God, for giving me such a gift. My talent for music, a passion for music. It has given me everything; the opportunity to travel and to meet new people. I don’t know what I would do without my group of orch-dorks or Riccardo himself.

Having my violin in my life has given me a hint of what Jesus is to you. Jusat as my violin can be an extension of who I am, we too can be a representation of Jesus to the world. Jesus becomes part of us and we become part of him.  He becomes a love that words cannot express; a person who is your half and your whole. Jesus is the cleats for a soccer player; brush for a painter; scissors for a hairdresser; rolling pin for the baker; pen for the writer. Jesus is the Riccardo of this musician, and yours truly. Blessed be the Lord of God for talents which unite us, but make us different.

Elizabeth Gillespie

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