So many passionate musicians on the stage. So much sound and passion rising from the platform.
Technical stuff pulled off - sometimes at the last minute - inspiring and honoring God. Lights. Staging. Transitions.
An amazing video piece, written and narrated by Angie Frame. Filmed and edited by Regina Revels, with musical selections suggested by Brian Hughes. A powerful and to-the-point message from Brian. A violin!
In the midst of all this, I heard a whisper from God. At the risk of sounding incredibly presumptuous, I am going to share it here. Because I feel like it's not just for me.
As we closed our celebration with "He Is Yahweh" and "You Are Good", I had myself a moment. Overwhelmed by the people around me - people whom I have come to love and care for so deeply - I hear this whisper. Tiny, quiet, brief - but more powerful than I can possibly convey. We worshiped. God responded.
In my heart, I heard five simple words:
"I AM PLEASED WITH YOU."
Meant the world to me.
I hope you were there. If you weren't, I'm sorry. But it was just a brief taste of heaven. And I can't think of anything I'd rather hear than those five words, from the Creator of the Universe. I just talked about that today in the morning service - how God meets us, shows up, changes us, offers transformation, helps us "get it". And tonight, I had myself a moment.
It was awesome.