Today, I am reflecting on the innovative musical genius of legendary gospel singer Andrae Crouch. He wrote spiritual hymns and gospel songs that resonated across generations and cultures. You may remember “Soon and Very Soon,” “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and one of my all-time favorites, “My Tribute (To God be the Glory).”

Last week, the legend, a general, a giant whose work in furthering the gospel died. Andrae Crouch wrote and performed some of the most inspirational songs ever produced. Although his life has ended, his legacy of inspiration that was so apparent in his musical and writing ability shall continue to live on. He was also a pastor.

He was a trailblazer, a pioneer and a legend. Crouch made appearances with such secular artists as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and many others. Crouch received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It stands as a reminder of how God used a young man who could barely talk because of a speech impediment to bring the message of Christ to millions.

I remember singing one of his songs called, “Take Me Back.” The lyrics were soul stirring. “Take me back, take me back dear Lord to the place where I first received you. Take me back, take me back dear Lord where I first believed.” This song is saying that somewhere along the way, the passion and the desire of love and devotion for Him was becoming noticeably absent in his life. So this song is a reminder of the relationship that was once shared should always be remembered and embraced. It is referring to that attitude of joy and fulfillment once shared. It’s one we all should hold on to!

I close with a portion from a well-known poem titled, “The Dash Between” by Ron Tranmer.

“The dash serves as an emblem of our time here on earth and although small, it stands for all our years of life, and worth.

“And our worth will be determined by how we live each day.

“We can fill our dash with goodness or waste our life away.”