A Chosen Vessel

2 Corinthians 4:7
Author: Philip Harrelson
Topics: Cello, God, Music, Sarajevo Opera, Vedran Smailovic
Series: New Testament Sermons


II Corinthians 4:7  - ABut we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.@


On May 27, 1992, in Sarajevo, one of the few bakeries that still had a supply of flour was making and distributing bread to the starving, war-shattered people.  At 4 P.M. a long line stretched into the street.  Suddenly, a mortar shell fell directly into the middle of the line, killing 22 people and splattering flesh, blood, bone, and rubble.

Not far away lived a 35-year-old musician named Vedran Smailovic.  Before the war he had been a cellist with the Sarajevo Opera, a distinguished career to which he patiently longed to return.  But when he saw the carnage from the massacre outside his window, he was pushed past his capacity to absorb and endure any more.  Anguished, he resolved to do the thing that he did best: make music.  Public music, daring music, music on a battlefield.

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