MENDELSSOHN, the great composer and organist, was refused permission to play the great Silbermann organ.

MendelssohnGOTTFRIED SILBERMANN was commissioned by Freiburg Cathedral, in 1711 to construct a new organ of three manuals and pedals with 44 registers. This was completed in 1714 and is regarded as the greatest of all organs. It is still there and in use today.

FELIX MENDELSSOHN [1809-1847] was recognised early as a musical prodigy. He was a composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period and is considered one of the Masters.

The famed MENDELSSOHN visited the cathedral at Freiburg, to view the magnificent Silbermann organ and he thrilled as he heard the rich sounds produced by the cathedral organist.

Mendelssohn asked for permission to play the organ. The organist, as usual with such requests, REFUSED but was eventually prevailed upon to agree.

After standing and listening in an ecstasy of delight and amazement,
as Mendelssohn played, the organist asked the stranger his name.
On being told he was the great German composer, he exclaimed:

“How could I have refused the great Mendelssohn
permission to play my organ!?”

I understand the dismay of the organist, but I know that sometimes I do something much, much more foolish.

questionquestionDo we,
in just such a way as the cathedral organist,

refuse to let the Lord Jesus Christ
so that He can evoke the full melody and harmony
which He alone can produce in us?

 The omnipotent, perfect creator God desires to take an active part in my life. He wants to have pre-eminence in my life.
He wants me to follow Him completely.
He wants me to give Him complete control.
I know the REALITY of His work in me.
I rejoice in the changes He makes in me.
I know that He only desires the very, very best for me
and that He is moulding me into Christlikeness.
My one constant desire
should be for Him to have full control of my life at all times.

Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ:
nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

Colossians 3:3
you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God

Romans 6:11
reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin,
but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 12:1-2
present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world:
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

Matthew 16:24
Then said Jesus unto his disciples,
If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself,
and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Take my love *************************************************************************************
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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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16 Responses to MENDELSSOHN, the great composer and organist, was refused permission to play the great Silbermann organ.

  1. Like the organist we start out not knowing who it is that is asking to play the organ of our lives. I am so glad the Father drew me out of ignorance into the potential of His grace. My life is so much more because of His involvement.


  2. Anna says:

    As an older ‘mature’ lady, I must say I have tried to accomplish things my own way because I thought I had to be in control to be ‘safe.’ But I much prefer letting God have His way. What a great relief I find when I immediately come against fretting about things and what to do, and just let God have it all. My own ways caused harm, His ways bring joy and more wonderful outcomes than I could ever imagine. Thank you my Father for loving me through my past rebellious days, and bringing me to know and trust your perfect ways. Thanks so much for this and the wonderful, comforting Scriptures. God Bless, Anna


    • Psalm 18:30,32 As for God, His way is perfect . . . and He makes my way perfect.

      When we know that His way is perfect and that He only wants perfection for us, it is foolishness to the nth degree to go our own way.


  3. Rob Barkman says:

    “Do we, in just such a way as the cathedral organist, refuse to let the Lord Jesus Christ have FULL POSSESSION of our ENTIRE LIVES, so that He can evoke the full melody and harmony
    which He alone can produce in us?”

    Great question…. May we all truthfully consider this in each of our lives. Lord bless you Angela.


  4. bwdell says:

    Great illustration!


  5. Debbie says:

    I have been thinking and praying about this exact thing a lot lately, Mentor Angela. Thank you so much for sharing with us! God bless you as He lives through you today!


    • Debbie, this is a battle we all face. Logically, it makes no sense at all to follow our own ways, because we KNOW that God’s way is by far the best. We know that He wants the very, very best for us and that there is NO WAY that we will be the LOSER when we follow His will. On the other hand, we want our own way – and that is a strong pull, even though we are absolutely convinced that His way is best.

      How foolish we are at times! and how illogical!

      Oswald Smith’s words (at the end of the post) should be our daily prayer.


  6. πίστις says:

    Amen my friend, Amen. Happy Resurrection Day :)
    God bless


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