Most of my posts here are devotional in nature. I love processing thoughts about the gospel and its daily impact on our lives. Recently, though, I had one of the most fun experiences of my life, and I just had to share it!

As you may know, we live in a very small town. We have beautiful mountains and relatively safe streets, but often miss out on fun things like Chick-fil-a and Target. That all changed when the famous modern hymn writers, Keith and Kristyn Getty decided to add our little community  as a stop on their current tour. If that wasn’t exciting enough, they needed some volunteers to sing in a backup choir. I signed up immediately!

Our choir of thirty-five practiced twice a week for several weeks leading up to the event. It was so fun to make new friends as we rehearsed.

Whenever the Gettys travel, Keith hosts a conversation with pastors and leaders from around the area. It was so encouraging to hear his heart behind hymn writing and corporate singing. One of my favorite thoughts was this, “We sing because we are commanded, but also compelled by the love of Christ.”

Later that afternoon, the choir joined the soundcheck for the concert. This was not a full rehearsal, but a quick 30 minute run-through of trouble spots. Good thing we had practiced so many hours in advance AND had such an amazing choir director.

Here’s a short (and low quality) video I took at the beginning of the rehearsal.

 

The concert itself was great and fulfilled all my expectations of a fantastic time! The musicians were out of this world good! It was so special to be just a small part of the musical celebration that evening.

Afterwards, the band headed outside for an impromptu “jam” session. Sorry for the guy blocking my view, but this might give you a little taste of the fantastic talent of these musicians.

 

Thank you to the Getty’s and their band for blessing our small community with their Christ focused music. If they ever head back to the rural mountains of Pennsylvania, I’ll be the first to sign up for the choir!!