If you are in the area — or want to come gaze at some of Macon, Georgia’s gazillion cherry blossoms on display this time of year — there is a good place to spend your Sunday evening.

Singer-songwriter Kyle Matthews will give a concert at Mount Zion Baptist Church this Sunday evening (March 22) at 6 PM. Admission is free.

More than 60 of Kyle’s creative compositions have been recorded and the depth of his music is both inspiring and insightful. And the Mount Zion congregation — that tolerated me as interim pastor twice — is a most gracious crowd.

I’ve long appreciated Kyle’s talent and maturity in a world filled with shallow music. And we used to hang out some when we both lived in the Atlanta area many years ago.

Several years ago I was walking near DuPont Circle in Washington, D.C., and saw an African-American woman with a T-shirt that read: “We fall down, we get up.”

I asked: “Can you tell me about your shirt?” She smiled and replied: “My choir made up these shirts. It’s from that song.”

“That song” was popular singer Donnie McClurkin’s recording of “We Fall Down” — which won Kyle the Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Song of the Year. She let me take her picture and send it to Kyle.

Kyle and his family have recently moved to Greenville, S.C., from Nashville. He and his wife, Susan, both serve as part-time ministers at Greenville’s First Baptist Church. But Kyle still takes his talents on the road for concerts such as the one coming up this Sunday in Macon.

It will be a good evening. And enjoy the cherry trees en route.

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