By DON VAUGHAN
Arey Wilson, who will be majoring in music at Mississippi State University, and I sang a duet. She played the guitar and my wife Sharon played the piano. We performed "Do You Know My Jesus," composed by W.F. Lakey and V.B. Ellis. I shared with Arey and Sharon that the song reminds me of the â€śSaturday night singingsâ€ť that my father, mother, brother and I attended at churches in Oktibbeha County. That song was often featured.
Much like Ed Sullivan, â€śMr. Jakeâ€ť introduced each song and singer, and rewarded the kids with a stick of chewing gum, but advised not to chew it until after we had sung. At various times of my life, a former deputy sheriff that we affectionately called â€śMr. Dotâ€ť recalled when my father placed me atop the piano stool, while mother played a song for me to sing. I had the tendency of trying to put mine off for as long as I could. I thought that by stepping outside the sanctuary they might forget to call on me, but Daddy or someone would always come get me.
Nine oâ€™clock was typically the time we concluded with Mr. Dot requesting everyone to sing â€śWings of a Dove.â€ť I describe these singings from my childhood as a microcosm of Heaven. Â
1. abide (uh-BIDE)
A. to wait for, to endure
B. to accept without objection
C. to continue in a place
The composers included the verb abide that Christ used a number of times. Part of the refrain is â€śHave you heard He loves you, and that He will abide till the end.â€ť All four answers apply to abide.
2. refrain (re-FRAIN)
A. a recurring phrase or verse at the end of each stanza
B. to cite
C. to free
D. to publish
3. naught (NAUGHT)
A. the arithmetical symbol 0
B. something made of or based on two things
C. lacking in taste or propriety
D. All of the above
No. 2, refrain, is A. Lakey and Ellis write, â€śWho hears your call for comfort when naught [nothing] but sorrow you feel?â€ť Â Aside from A, naught means nonexistence or nothingness.
4. microcosm (MY-kra-kah-zum)
A. a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity
C. another world
D. divertissement (di-VUR-tas-mant)
Last weekâ€™s mystery word is manifold.
This weekâ€™s mystery word to solve is a noun. Its first syllable is the same first syllable in the name of a county seat in one of Mississippiâ€™s 82 counties. Â Â Â Â Â
Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, is a professor at East Miss. Community College. Contact him at email@example.com.
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