Kevin and I had a special treat last night. We went to the United Tour of Steven Curtis Chapman and Michale W. Smith! WOW! What a night of music and praise to our God! We enjoyed the concert so much and would highly recommend going to see it when they come to your part of the country.
As Steven Curtis Chapman stood before the audience, his grief over losing his young daughter last May is still so raw and painful; but his testimony about how Christ is bringing his family through the pain is powerful indeed and a reminder to us all that God is not only there in our mountains, but he is also there in our valleys. We are never alone in our struggles, and we have the greatest source of power in the universe in our God. It was a message Kevin and I needed to hear as we struggle through the uncertainty of this adoption, the state of the world in crisis, and the struggles of life in general.
For Jesus said in John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Michael W. Smith was just pure worship and praise in his music, helping all of us pour out our love for our Christ. What a combination Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith make! What a tremendous witness they are of the amazing strength of God! How joyful and filled up we were when the concert was finished. And how beautiful it was to praise and worship with so many other believers in Christ.
"Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen." Psalm 41.13