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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

Woke Up This Morning with my mind…

Many years ago I attended my first “Cathedrals” concert.

I did not want to go. I knew they were “country.” This was not at the top of my list of enjoyable music…

But I had to go. I was on staff of Family Life Ministries/Network; and we were hosting them at a venue in Elmira, NY.

Got there early, but as it was a “union house” we Family Lifers couldn’t help unload and set up. So I just stood around (I really love having nothing to do).

One of the union guys was basically a curtain-puller. As I said “hi” to him he gruffly replied, and I smelled the booze on his breath.

A bit later the Cathedrals did a sound check. Ernie Haase was new to the group (as mentioned, this was a long time ago…maybe at least 20  years?). The rest of the singers left, but Ernie stuck around with the sound techs.

I had to go to one of our vehicles, and as I returned I came back stage and discovered Ernie sitting next to the aforementioned curtain-puller, with his left arm around the guys shoulders, as his right hand held a pocket New Testament. Ernie was sharing the gospel.

My immediate thought?

“I don’t give a flying rip what you sing in what style, I’m a huge fan of at least one Cathedral.”

During the concert they sang this song…the song that was in my head as I woke this Tuesday morn.

Memories. At least two of the Cathedrals are dead. Ernie has his own group (Signature Sound?) I’m no longer on Family Life staff.

But…oh, what a Savior!

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