UnBlog # 515
As we approach the UnBlog Family Reunion this Saturday, I feel to reflect a little about how it has come together so miraculously. Every time a need or obstacle presented itself, someone would call me, usually out of the blue, and offer an elegant solution to that very thing.
This happened with finding the venue at UVU. I don’t want to embarrass anyone, so I’ll just say Rick K. offered to find the venue, and worked many inspired hours to find and put it together. He’s also kindly offered many other solutions. It also happened with finance and legal matters when Bill M. called me out of the blue to offer just that. It happened again with sound and lighting when Michael N. who owns a large AV company offered to take over. It happened when Eric C. offered to construct and maintain the website, and when dozens of you offered to volunteer your time to help usher, register and other needed services at the event.
It also happened last Saturday in a quiet but significant way. Terri, my best friend (and wife) offered to sing the opening hymn with her two sisters. They met last Saturday to pick the song and practice it. She said they tried many songs, all of them appropriate and beautiful, but each one didn’t feel right. They sang for several hours trying out songs. She said the ones that weren’t right they couldn’t even get the harmonies right. Finally, they stumbled across the music to “O, Divine Redeemer” by Charles Gounod, who was born in 1818. They had passed over it several times. They finally decided to try it. She said as they began the Spirit filled the room, their voices became more powerful, the vocal parts became very familiar even though they had never sung it together before, and were singing from a solo rendition. She said they had to stop several times to weep.
Terri told me that this was the most powerful spiritual experience she has ever had with music, which is a significant statement because she has performed her whole life, including with the Tab Choir, Handel’s Messiah both conducting and singing, and many other special musical circumstances. The thing that we both realized is that this musical piece, written nearly 200 years ago, is the perfect introduction to the theme of the reunion, as if Gounod had written it just for this event. Her final statement to me was, “I didn’t realize until that moment how much the Lord really cares about the UnBlog Family Reunion.”
This is what I have found to be true as well. Judging by the amount of inspiration flowing to so many different people, this event is important to the purposes of the Lord. His care and intervention has been manifest in every aspect of our attempts to bring it to pass.
I am anxious and spiritually delighted to be a part of the first UnBlog Family Reunion with you this Saturday.
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