This arrangement reminds listeners of the familiar words penned by General John Gowans. The challenge of the message is that as human beings, we are often moved by the plight of others to feel and act beyond ourselves. Then how much more is God’s capacity to reach into the human heart and respond to their deepest need, that of forgiveness. Sometimes our caring actions can be the very means by which a person first begins to understand a personal God.
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
A native of the Netherlands, Peter immigrated to Canada in 1954 with his family. He enrolled in the Canadian Forces in his late teens, hoping to pursue a career in military banding. In 1987, Peter was commissioned from the ranks and took command of the Canadian Forces Vimy Band in Kingston, Ontario. In 1993, he was transferred to Halifax as the Director of Music for the Stadacona Band of Maritime Forces Atlantic. He held this position until 2001 when he retired. Peter does a significant amount of writing for the Sackville Concert Band, of which he is a valued member. He enjoys the dual role of writing and continuing to play the trombone. A lifelong Salvationist, Peter is presently giving leadership to the band at the newly formed Salvation Army Halifax West Community Church.