Hello friends - happy Saturday!! I've just finished some quality mix-CD-creating...at some later date(after Christmas maybe?), I'll share the song-lists with you. As of now, both CDs(one for Maryanne and one for Laura!) are titled "Veil of Stars" and "Lilies on the Sun". Pretty quality mix of songs, if I do say so myself. I'm actually super excited to give these CDs to them!! (Sisters, hope you're not reading this. If so...oops?) Anyways, it's already almost 2:30 in the afternoon, so I should probably start progressing my afternoon. I will soon(on to grocery store to shop for dinner...dinner being lasagna...YES), but figured I could squeeze in a quick entry. A week from now, I will be in Florida - hometime once again. It shall be glorious.
And the main reason I wanted to write a bit is to describe last night - and the awesomeness that it contained. Andrew Peterson(a recent favorite artist of mine, which you'd know if you've read previous entries...) is doing his annual Christmas tour - "Behold the Lamb of God". Me and Daniel decided a few weeks ago that it'd be fun to hit it up, but I have to say, as of yesterday afternoon, I was not feeling it. It'd been a long week and a long day of working frantically and I was worn out. But - tickets were bought and plans were laid and I wasn't about to back out. So as soon as I got back home from work, turned around in ten minutes(after filling up a travel cup with delicious honey-laden coffee...thank you Daniel for that suggestion!) and off we drove. Conveniently(said sarcastically), the concert was on the far southeastern side of Houston and so we made the fun drive through all of Houston to get to our destination. Happily(not sarcastically!), that meant me and Daniel got some quality chat as I drove the hour plus journey through the heart of Houston. And soon enough, we made it to the concert and enjoyed some super quality music. The first half of the show consisted of songs from a lot of the support singer/songwriters accompanying Andrew Peterson. I must confess, I was a bit annoyed at first - I'd come to hear Andrew Peterson, after all - didn't really want to hear a bunch of other people! But seriously, all of the other artists were simply magnificent. Their songs were gorgeous, dripping with longing and love, passion and awe. And so at the intermission point, me and Daniel promptly went out and bought some of their CDs. I had promised myself early on not to buy very much...and I failed miserably. Ended the night with four new albums and one new book! Quality Christmas presents for myself. Yes? Oh and...Andrew Peterson finished the first half of the show by playing "Don't You Want to Thank Someone", one of my very very very favorite songs of late. He started off reciting the words as poetry...before playing/singing the rest. It was beautiful. I was overwrought with emotion. Thank You, God. ...And the second half of the show was Andrew Peterson and his accompanists playing straight through his "Behold the Lamb of God" album. And it was gorgeous. A tale weaving stories from the Old Testament and New, focusing on the most glorious Person of Christ, the very Son of God. I rejoiced. Love and joy and hope and wonder!!! The songs finished and as we rose to applaud, all the musicians came together to accept our adulation...and then stop it - as they started all singing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". The rest of us joined and we worshiped God together. Beautiful majestic God, do we worship You. After that song finished, Andrew started off the Doxology, which we all said together in reverent praise. By the time we finished, the artists were off-stage and we were all thinking about the most glorious God of Heaven. As it should be. Praise be to God. Amen and Amen.
And far too many words, my friends. My apologies! And now I am off to do some errands and be about the rest of my day. Peace and love, my dear friends.