CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 11, 2012

Honoring Benny’s 70 Years as a Church Organist

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

HONORING BENNY’S 70 YEARS AS A CHURCH ORGANIST

Co-written by his daughter Lena

My apologies for the changing of this post. In error I posted it on the 10th instead of the 11th, and had to remove it. I didn’t know that in changing the date on the post it would make the notifications not work—first because it was removed, second because the date change. Please bear with this third, and perhaps more successful, posting.   Carolyn Cornell Holland

Multiple shades of early summer greens, painted against a blue sky accented by fluffy white clouds, marked the day that I noticed an older (back then I was not old, but anyone with white hair was) gentleman looking at our church. I greeted the soft-spoken man who introduced himself as Benny and told me he had traveled to the United States from Amman, Jordan. He was visiting his daughter Lena, who lived in a nearby housing subdivision with her husband, Mufeed, who was from Cairo, Egypt. They had two sons: Michael, age eight and Ramsey, three.

Benny was looking for a church to attend during his time in the United States. Our church membership grew by four—and to five at the times Benny was visiting.

It didn’t take me long to learn of Benny’s love for family, church, and music.

 What can I say about a father who provided a home that was filled with music. We sang hymns and listened to the words of the latest hymn that was just composed or translated.

Christmas time was the unforgettable time, a time filled with caroling. I will never forget the times when family members and friends came to our house, where everyone had a great time visiting over a Christmas meal followed by singing carols as my Dad played the organ.

These memories that will always bring a great big smile to our faces.

Benny passed his music tradition down to Lena’s son Michael in
spite of the challenge of living across the ocean from them. A piano teacher, he not only sent grandson Michael piano lessons by mail—he also sent him (more…)

Honoring Benny’s 70 Years as a Church Organist

CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

HONORING BENNY’S 70 YEARS AS A CHURCH ORGANIST

Co-written by Lena

 Multiple shades of early summer greens, painted against a blue sky accented by fluffy white clouds, marked the day that I noticed an older (back then I was not old, but anyone with white hair was) gentleman looking at our church. I greeted the soft-spoken man who introduced himself as Benny and told me he had traveled to the United States from Amman, Jordan. He was visiting his daughter Lena, who lived in a nearby housing subdivision with her husband, Mufeed, who was from Cairo, Egypt. They had two sons: Michael, age eight and Ramsey, three.

Benny was looking for a church to attend during his time in the United States. Our church membership grew by four—and to five at the times Benny was visiting.

It didn’t take me long to learn of Benny’s love for family, church, and music.

 What can I say about a father who provided a home that was filled with music. We sang hymns and listened to the words of the latest hymn that was just composed or translated.

Christmas time was the unforgettable time, a time filled with caroling. I will never forget the times when family members and friends came to our house, where everyone had a great time visiting over a Christmas meal followed by singing carols as my Dad played the organ.

These memories that will always bring a great big smile to our faces.

Benny passed his music tradition down to Lena’s son Michael in spite of the challenge of living across the ocean from them. A piano teacher, he not only sent grandson Michael piano lessons by mail—he also (more…)

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