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Earlier tonight I put on some Christmas music from a musical we performed at church a few years ago. Surprisingly, I remembered almost all of the words to the songs! As I organized my house for the upcoming Christmas festivities, I sang my heart out to every song on this CD, just pouring myself into each word that I would sing. Then one song came on that stopped me in my tracks. I remembered it was a favorite of mine before, but this song really spoke to me tonight. Allow me to share some of the words with you, and as I do … imagine Mary speaking …
God gave me arms to cradle His glory
Some saw star light … I saw the Light of The World
Some felt the wind sigh … I felt the wings of love unfurled
The sky held the stars … Hope held my heart
But I sing … for I held the King of kings
Shattering the darkness with God’s amazing light …
Blessings to one and all!
Light, Love, Hope
If you have never heard of Jim Brickman before, he is America’s Romantic Piano Sensation! We have been to several of his concerts, and we have enjoyed each and every one. From the romantic tunes to the Christmas specials, you are sure to enjoy hearing him tickle the ivories! Jim is offering free downloads of five songs from his live tour, The Magic of Christmas. When you click the link, it will take you to a page where you enter your email, name, state and zip code. Once you submit, you’ll see the link for the free downloads. Click that link, and the beautiful music will be downloaded to your computer for you to enjoy all season long!
My parents have been long time fans of the Gaithers, and when I heard that they were coming to a town near us, I just had to get tickets as an early Christmas present for them! They do not like crowds and usually will shy away from places such as this extremely large arena. Last night, though, I was hoping that their discomfort would subside long enough for them to enjoy the beautiful gospel music that the Gaithers Homecoming had to offer.
Boy, oh boy what a treat! They had so many wonderful artists that performed last night that it is hard to even attempt to name them all. Just know that they touched a lot of hearts and lives last night in their message through song.
There were traditional hymns for the holiday season to newer ones thrown in the mix for our listening pleasure. They even had my favorite “Mary Did You Know,” which was written by Mark Lowry who was with the Gaithers from 1988-2001. Mr. Lowry was not there last night, though, as his mother passed away Monday, and the funeral service was actually held yesterday. However, they performed this song in his honor and in his absence.
Upon our entrance into the arena, they gave us all little red keychain flash lights. We thanked them for their gift as we went to our seats not truly realizing what this little light would be used for until the concert began. Bill Gaither said that he wanted to see all of our little lights shining throughout the concert. On certain songs they would bring the house lights all the way down, and every where you looked you could see all of the little lights shining all over the arena. On a few songs, they asked us to blink the little lights on and off for “stars.” That was a sight to see as well. It added to the whole concert experience!
The whole musical experience lasted for four hours. Yes, that’s right. Four hours. We were actually surprised when Mr. Gaither laughed and said that he hoped we were comfortable as they planned to go until 11 p.m. Much to our delight, Mr. Gaither was not joking at all, and the music, laughter, entertainment, and voices lifted up in praise continued for four beautiful hours! This was, by far, the best musical experience we have ever had!
My parents agreed that they have enjoyed seeing the Gaithers on their television broadcast, but the experience in person was just out of this world goodness! I can guarantee that if those in attendance last night were not in the Christmas spirit when they arrived, they were by the end of the evening!
What a blessing they were to my heart and to that of my parents. My precious mother said she couldn’t let herself go completely in this worship experience as if she did she might start shouting and praising the Lord Pentecostal Holiness style. 🙂
Here’s a picture of the entire cast from last night. If you’re familiar with the Gaithers, you may recognize a few faces. There are some new faces, but they were all very talented artists! We are thankful that we were able to be a part of this experience last night celebrating Jesus Christ, Our Lord!
December is off to a great start. I can hardly believe that Christmas will be here in just 21 days! Then after that, New Years! As you’re gearing up for the grandest holiday of them all, are you considering what, if any, New Year’s Resolutions you will make come January 1, 2014? If that’s too far in advance for you to even think about at this point, that’s okay, too! But, in an effort to help you, we’d like to share a free offer that we came across today of Joel Osteen’s mini-book 30 Thoughts For Victorious Living. When you click on the link, it will take you to a page where you enter your name and mailing address so that the free mini-book may be sent to you. That’s it! No obligation to buy anything. No strings attached! Just a free mini-book that will inspire you! You could wait until the first of the new year to begin changing your thoughts so that you will have victorious living while experiencing more peace and joy, OR you could start today. The choice is always yours. May it be a blessing to you!
We also have another free offer that we found today courtesy of People.com – they are offering a free Country Holiday Playlist with I-Tunes. When you click on the link, it will reveal a code that you can redeem in I-Tunes. For me, when I clicked on the offer, it asked if I would allow I-Tunes to be opened on my computer. I authorized this, and it took me to sign in to my I-Tunes account. When I logged in there, the download started immediately for me. I hope you’ll have the same luck on your end. These songs will surely get you in the holiday spirit! Enjoy! (The code for this offer ends 1-15-14.)
I have been humming and singing this hymn to myself all day. Have you ever really stopped to think about the words in this song?
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Morning by morning
New mercies I see
All that I needed
Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness
Lord until me
How truly powerful! Great is Thy faithfulness, oh Lord … how you have been so faithful to me to look after me and provide all that I have ever needed in this life. Notice that it does not say, “All I have ever wanted,” but instead, “All I have ever NEEDED.” Big difference! God truly knows our every need and provides for us with His strong, mighty, powerful, all-knowing, glorious hand!
There have been times in my life when I have wondered how I would make it from day to day, some times from minute to minute, but God has always been faithful and true. He has always reached down at just the right moment and provided exactly what I needed right when I needed it.
Oh how thankful I am to you, dear Lord, for Thy faithfulness.