FBC Music Minister Composes Piece for Book of Devotions
By LORETTA FULTON
Todd Wilson, pastor for worship and music at First Baptist Church, contributed a devotional to a new book, “Rise Up and Praise Him.” The book of daily devotionals was compiled by Phil Barfoot. Wilson’s devotional, “The Question That Everyone Asks,” is posted below.
Wilson has been at First Baptist Church since December 2002. He also has served churches in Wills Point, Tyler, San Marcos, Grapevine, White Settlement, and Henderson.
Wilson also has held adjunct teaching positions at Texas State University, Hardin-Simmons University, and Logsdon Seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from William Jewell College and a master of music degree in church music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
A Q&A with Wilson follows:
Q Is this the first devotional you’ve had published?
A While I have written a number of devotions for use in the ministry I share in churches where I have served, yes, this is the first such devotion that has been published.
Q Have you had other types of works published, such as hymns or chapters in a book?
A This is my first published writing of any kind.
Q Did the person who compiled the book, Phil Barfoot, contact you about the project?
A Yes, Phil contacted me, along with 270 worship leaders, denominational leaders, and university faculty form across the country. This is the second such volume of devotions that he has compiled and published. He is a friend and I have been with him for a concert at Carnegie Hall and plan to return there with others from First Baptist Church for a concert in November 2021.
Q Any other comments you wish to add.
A For the project, writers were limited as to length and were instructed to include two questions and a prayer that could be included in the publication. A number of people who have asked about getting a copy of the book, and I am in the process of compiling an order for books that we could make available through the church.
The Question That Everyone Asks
By Todd Wilson
See what great love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God. I John 3:1 (NIV)
While on a mission trip to St Petersburg in 1993, our group visited an orphanage. There, we were able to interact with precious children who, for one reason or another, were now in the care of the state. As they walked into the meeting room, they formed a line against the wall, hands held behind their backs. Their entrance into the room was marked by their enthusiasm and excitement with our visit. We noticed that most of them shared a similar Russian phrase with each other and to the patient women who cared for them. After a time of singing and sharing, the children returned to their places on the wall and filed out of the room, mingled with this now familiar phrase.
As our bus departed the orphanage, we asked our interpreter what the children were saying to each other. To our inquiry, the interpreter said, “They were asking, ‘Has my father come for me?’”
All of us have spent time on that wall and our longing hearts have asked, “Has may father come for me?” The good news of the gospel is, yes, He has come for us! Our Father has come and because of His great love we no longer live as orphans.
Do you know someone who is still living as an orphan, not knowing that their Father has come for them?
How can you help express the great love that the Father has lavished on His children?
Father, thank you for your great love for us. Thank you that you have come for us and we, who know you are no longer orphans, but children of God. Give us the courage and grace to share that great love with everyone. Amen.