In 1903, William Christopher Handy came to Clarksdale to accept a job as conductor of the black Knights of Pythias Band. He lived and worked in the local red light district called New World. It was in the Delta that Handy first heard the Blues. He took the Blues from a regional music style with a limited audience to one of the dominant national forces in American music. He is known as the “Father of the Blues.”
Hebrews 4:12-16 (ESV)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
You bestowed upon the Delta a precious, precious anointing–the birthing of new music. How we have corrupted it. The Blues music is not hidden from Your sight, and the Delta must give an accounting for music birthed in a red light district.
Yet Jesus is Your Son and our high priest. We draw near to Him and cry out for mercy. Forgive us, Lord.
We plea for grace for the Mississippi Delta. We humbly ask that a new sound rise up in the Delta–this time in the Body of Christ–a new sound that magnifies Your name. May You be enthroned upon the praises of Your people in the Mississippi Delta. Amen.
Reference: Clarksdale & Coahoma County A History by Linton Weeks, Wikipedia
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