Tuesday, May 29, was a packed evening with the Sports Awards, then the Secondary Concert, followed by scenes from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. The students were honored for their hard work and dedication in athletics, music, and drama. What an amazing night!

I love the theme of the Secondary Concert: One Body, One Voice. When I first saw the poster, I immediately thought of one of my favorite Barry Manilow hits called One Voice. I had not heard it when I went to my very first professional concert in New York City. The year was 1980. Barry Manilow came out on stage and began singing without any instrumental accompaniment. The words that he began to sing were:

Just one voice singing in the darkness,
All it takes is one voice,
Singing so they hear what’s on your mind,
And when you look around you’ll find
There’s more than one voice singing in the darkness,
Joining with your one voice,
Each and every note another octave,
Hands are joined and fears unlocked,
If only one voice which started on its own
We need just one voice facing the unknown,
And then that one voice would never be alone.
It takes that one voice.

Just one voice singing in the darkness,
All it takes is one voice,
Shout it out and let it ring,
Just one voice,
It takes that one voice,
And everyone will sing!

Out of the darkness came the voices of hundreds of children who joined him. And then came the instruments. That one voice became many, and it built and built until the music was filling the whole auditorium. I will never forget the impact of that night. Ever since, it has been my dream to conduct a choir and orchestra in singing One Voice.

This song reminds me of John the Baptist who is described in the Bible as “the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord.’” John was just one person letting everyone around him know that one greater than he was about to come. That person was Jesus.

I may be just one person, but it is my responsibility to use my voice to proclaim Jesus Christ to the nations. If one person tells just one person, and that person tells one, the message will be spread from person to person, from family to family, from city to city, from country to country, from continent to continent…until “the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.” Yes, just one voice can make a difference.

Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon C. Brobst, Ed.D.
Director