For as long as Mary Davis can remember, music has been the single constant in her life through highs and lows, traumas, and celebrations. After becoming a mother, that part of her life was overshadowed by raising her three children. “The longer music wasn’t an intentionally active part of my life,” Mary shared, “the harder it was to feel like I was whole. It was like I was missing out on who God created me to be.”
Over time, Mary and her family began worshipping at Mt. Tabor Lutheran in West Columbia. Mary found her children involved in nearly every music-related activity offered in the congregation. Watching their joy reminded her of her own passion. Thanks to the persistent encouragement of other congregation musicians, Mary expanded her involvement from the adult choir to also learning handbells.
“Members of our handbell choirs invited me to a camp called Lutheridge that hosted an annual handbell retreat. I had never even heard of it but decided it might be fun.”
It turned out it was more than just fun for Mary. She not only found a connection with members of the Mt. Tabor’s handbell choir, but also with ringers of the greater Church. Mary’s experience at Lutheridge was not only an opportunity for musical growth, but an opportunity for spiritual renewal.
“Those weekends at Lutheridge not only create a bond with fellow choir members,” Mary beamed, “but they serve as a reminder that scores of other ringers have found their spiritual missing links through music as well. Music has been one of God’s greatest gifts to Creation, so it’s only natural that we do all we can to use that very gift to worship and praise Him.”
Through the generosity of members of the South Carolina Synod, congregations like Mt. Tabor and ministries like Lutheridge serve to provide opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal. Thank you for being part of the ministry we all share as God’s people in the South Carolina Synod.