by Lindsey Mills
I’m writing this to say that the Lord answers prayer! When the Lord places a burden on our hearts and we pray, work, and believe, we will see the accomplishment of that for which we have hoped!
A few years ago, a few of us church pianists had a burden for a new piano in the sanctuary. The current piano has been in need of a complete restoration and should ideally be larger for space it serves. We felt that the Lord’s house should have the best and longed for a larger instrument that was inspirational to play and would fill the sanctuary with music to praise the Lord. Not wanting to burden the congregation with a large financial outlay, we started earnestly praying and quietly putting money aside. Concert grand pianos range in price from $50,000-$100,000, and, honestly, it was disconcerting to know that we would probably be putting money aside for 40 years until we were able to get the right piano!
Early on, we consulted Reeder Pianos for their assessment of our current piano. Just to restore it would be $6,000-$10,000, and that wouldn’t take care of all the challenges we have been having with it. They sent us quotes with steep discounts and rent-to-own options for larger pianos that would meet the needs of the church; however, these options would still be out of the range of possibility for quite a few years.
The new piano fund was at just over $5,000 this month when we received a call from Reeder Pianos. The staff at the piano store had been discussing Lansing Church’s need and had all agreed that they would like to donate a 9′ Mason & Hamlin concert grand (a $65,000 piano) to the Lansing church as a trade-in for our current piano (a trade-in value of $5,000). They didn’t even want the money that had been saved to go to the piano! They counseled us to put it toward accessories like a piano bench, lamp, cover, etc. Whatever extra money was leftover they recommended using to install hardwood floor underneath the piano to maximize the sound in the sanctuary.
How good is God! He used Jim Reeder and the team at Reeder Pianos to answer the prayer of a few pianists who had a dream for God’s house to have the best. If God can take care of our desires, He can certainly also take care of our needs.
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”Ephesians 3:21, 22