“Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.” Luke 11
Grace longed for us to be there for her Holiday concerts this last weekend but it was not to be.
Thus, on Friday evening I sat alone on the couch by the light of the tree, and by the light of my reading lamp.
The house was FINALLY quiet after a longer-than-usual evening.
I was nearing the end of my book and I was totally immersed in its pages.
Everyone else was asleep.
I had my phone nearby and I heard it notify me of a facebook message, I turned it over and saw it was from Joanna.
While all was peaceful one moment, in the next moment as I listened to the sound clips she was sending me and saw the photos, hot happy tears were running down my face.
I hadn’t known she was going to be there at Grace’s first concert with her husband, Steve.
You can imagine the moment; a quiet house, a lonely mama missing her firstborn daughter, and like a kiss from heaven the gift of words, music, and photos from a dear friend.
And it didn’t end there. On a whim or a prompting, I texted my brother Grace’s concert schedule for Saturday and as he was free for the 3pm performance he drove almost an hour to go see her. He had a big delicious meal at a local Greek eatery and then went to campus, found our girl, and sat in the audience for her second concert. He recorded every song for us and sent beautiful photos of the two of them after the show.
For her third concert, her boyfriend Caleb was able to drive from New Jersey to attend. They went out to watch the new Star Wars movie together afterwards.
So you can see, even though her parents couldn’t make it to her first Christmas concerts at college, we were overwhelmed by the blessings of a best friend, a wonderful brother, and her dear boyfriend who all stood in the gap.
(At about the 2 minute 15 second mark in the audio posted above you will hear Grace’s voice singing a descant part in the beautiful and mournful song “Lully Lulla Lullay”. There is a video HERE.)
Our eyes are wide open to see God everywhere.
Very nice! Thanks for posting the clip of Grace’s choir. I’m glad to know she is continuing choir in college. It’s awesome that you were able to be there through the wonders of technology. The pictures of of Grace and your brother in the snow are beautiful.
I know you are looking forward to having your loved ones all together this Christmas. ❤
Yes, thank you! It’s amazing how technology enables us to be there for things we would otherwise miss! We watch our boys sports games from college, too!
Yes, I am looking forward to having the children all home. Grace gets back tonight!
That brought a tear to my eye. She has a beautiful voice!
Thanks for sharing this. I just got home from my grandson’s Christmas concert. He plays bass in the school orchestra. Last week I went to my grand-daughter’s school’s choir concert, and my adult son’s community choir concert. All were excellent!
Just listened to Grace’s concert song and loved the song and Sarah’s beautiful descant. I’ve been enjoying your posts from Christmas-time at your house! Blessings to you and yours in the new year!