By Joan Clayton: PNT Relgion Columnist
Back to school reminds me of marching bands and football.
Of all the musical instruments, the trumpet is my favorite. To me it symbolizes royalty and splendor, announcing something important, capturing my attention.
One of my fondest memories is of our youngest son marching with his trumpet at Portales High. The band’s pre-game warmup stirred excitement. I loved to hear the trumpet’s trill at the end of “o’er the land of the free….” Then everyone thrilled to the sound of “Rocky” from the trumpet section.
The trumpets in our family are being carried on with Traci and Kallie, Lane’s two daughters. Traci, a junior at Amarillo High, plays the same trumpet her daddy played in high school. Kallie, the younger in seventh grade, is already in “second chair” with her trumpet.
Trumpets have become a legacy in our family.
In Bible times, rams’ horns were mostly used as trumpets although special trumpets were made from beaten silver. When our boys were small, someone gave Emmitt a ram’s horn and he could make it sound like a trumpet, but it took a lot of wind.
Lane loved to play with the neighborhood children. When Emmitt thought it was time for Lane to come home, he blew the ram’s horn. We could hear a little voice answer, “What do you wannnnnnt….?”
Our boys took the horn on one of our rock hunting trips to Fort Sumner Lake. Hiding behind a bush and blowing the horn brought lots of fun. They overheard a tourist say, “There must be elk around here!” (They laughed all the way home.)
We still have the ram’s horn. Now our grandchildren take turns. They take pride and say, “You have to be full of hot air to blow a trumpet.”
Maybe childhood memories brought a preference for the trumpet to our family but I think God must like trumpets too.
Many references in the Bible refer to trumpets.
The blowing of trumpets had a special significance in Joshua’s bringing down the walls of Jericho: “When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and took the city” (Joshua 6:20 NIV).
God guided Gideon and his 300 men with trumpets and jars to defeat the Midianites in Judges 7:20. When they blew their trumpets, the Midianites turned on each other. “When the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords.” (Verse 22)
When Solomon dedicated the temple, “The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang ‘He is good; his love endures forever’” (2 Chronicles 5:13 NIV).
The trumpets played, the singers sang and the whole assembly bowed in worship when Hezekiah gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering in 2 Chronicles 29:28.
Trumpets were blown when kings were proclaimed and on other important biblical events.
Trumpets were blown to warn of approaching enemies. Trumpet blasts in ancient times reminded Israel of God’s protection.
The best trumpet sound of all is told in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52: “But look! I tell you this secret: We will not all sleep in death, but we will all be changed. It will take only a second … as quickly as an eye blinks … when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound, and those who have died will be raised to live forever, and we will all be changed.” NCV)
When I hear that last trumpet sound announcing my King is coming, I will look forward to seeing Jesus, exclaiming “WOW! What a ride. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
Portales resident Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and published author. Her e-mail address is: