Leave It There

One of my best friends through life has been sacred music. It has a power that moves my emotions and mind towards God and assures me of his love

There are times now when I become fatigued. Working on my computer, now that I type with my two index fingers, gets me very fatigued. I don’t have the horse sense to pace myself. There’s always something to do—revising my world history eTextbook, creating newsletters, responding to email, etc.

I know that at some point I will have to use a computer with a visual keyboard to communicate.

That is when I turn to music to calm me down, to sooth me, and to turn my heart and mind heavenward towards my heavenly Father.

Having majored in music composition and trumpet in college and choral conducting in graduate school, I have a deep appreciation for the sacred classics by Bach, Mendelssohn, Hayden, Mozart and others. I listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir several times each week. They are unrivaled as a choral group.

But I am also deeply moved by country music, and one of my favorite country singers is Bradley Walker.

Bradley Walker contracted cerebral palsy as a young child and has spent virtually all of his life in a wheelchair. I guess I identify with him for that reason. One of my favorites of the sacred songs Bradley sings is “Leave It There.”


If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,

And you have to get along with meager fare,

Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird;

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


Leave it there, leave it there,

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If you trust him thru your doubt, He will surely bring you out.

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,

And your soul is almost sinking in despair,

Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal;

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


Leave it there, oh, leave it there,

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If you trust him thru your doubt, He will surely bring you out.

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,

And your body bends beneath the weight of care;

He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end.

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


(Lyrics and music by Charles A. Tindley  1916)

9 Replies to “Leave It There”

  1. Ken,

    You were an inspiration when we worked alongside of each other for the cause of Christian education. You remain a significant inspiration as both of us serve our God in new chapters of service.

    FYI since retiring from CSI I volunteer my time guiding the development of church plants within each of the State of Michigan Prisons. Of the 30 prisons we have functioning congregations in 3. I also was elected to the local Grand Rapids Community College board of trustees. In January I was appointed chair of the board.

    Please keep writing. I carry your thoughtful inspiration with me wherever I go.

    God’s Peace,



    1. Thanks for the update, Dave. I enjoyed greatly being part of the CSI Board. Your enthusiasm, gentle spirit, and ability to articulate was a pleasure to witness.

      My father led a church service in the county prison in Fort Lauderdale every Sunday for 25 years without missing a Sunday. He then helped find work for many of them when released.

      “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

      By the way . . . . . How does it feel to have CSI now represented in President Trump’s Cabinet?

      Your brother,



  2. Sent from my iPhone. Dear Ken. I am a pre schooler when it comes to my knowledge re. a blog. I tried to respond to the one you sent regarding Ruth’s care of you; and it would not accept my pass word😔 It was so descriptive and spoke volumes of your beloved Ruth. No we were not surprised by her caring heart and love for you. Both of you have ‘huge’ hearts and are leaving a living testimony of God’s abiding grace which He has poured out upon you. Ev and I miss the Wackes family. You always brought great joy into our lives in countless ways. Remember, Ev was on the school board when WA called you to be our Headmaster 😊❤️✝. We have such fond memories of our years revolved around the school and it’s many ministries as well as CRPC. May the Lord’s abiding grace be upon you and yours and may He continue to enable you to persevere and to accomplish what He has put upon your heart. You have been and continue to be a soldier for Christ during this very difficult time. Your determination is remarkable and encourages others to persevere through the trials of life. We love you. Gayle and Ev



  3. Wow, what a great piece of music. I’ve never heard of him before, but this song definitely tugged at my heart strings. I didn’t know you liked country music… Maybe that’s where I get it from.
    Love you,


    1. I like Christian country music. Bradley Walker is part of a whole community of Christian country musicians surrounding Bill and Gloria Gaither. Much of their music is on YouTube. I listened for 1.5 hrs this evening to their video “Give the World A Smile.”

      My love to you, Kelly, and Tiffany.


  4. Hey Ken……didn’t know you were into Country Western. Very Good. And what a great message to be delivered by a Christian Country Western Singer:-) Love it! Holding you up in prayer as you walk through the challenges of each day.


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