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Weekend Gallery 3: WinterJam

February 21, 2010

I didn’t cook this weekend. Instead, I took the kids to WinterJam, a concert of several different Christian artists. It was held in Charlottesvile at the John Paul Jones arena, and featured such groups as Newsboys, Third Day, Sidewalk Prophets, and Tenth Avenue North, among others. It was great, although Lawson and his buddy Corbin did focus for a large portion of the warm-up acts on the DS’s my friend Becky had very wisely brought along for the ride.

But then they grooved.

We all did. Did you know you could groove to Christian music? Lawson was pretty funny on the way home–he said, “Mom, a lot of that didn’t sound like church music.” I had to laugh. Our church is a small, old-fashioned country church. We sing “Rock of Ages,” “Amazing Grace,” “Victory in Jesus” and things like that, to the gentle accompaniment of a solitary piano and occasionally a banjo or guitar. It’s rare that you’ll hear a modern praise song.

It’s the message that’s important, though, and not so much what it’s wrapped up in. I hope as my kids get older and start listening to stuff I’m tempted to dismiss as sheer Noise that I remember that.

Newsboys (Michael Tate--lead singer)

Newsboys were awesome! Tate was amazing--I don't know where he gets his energy from.



Aside from just having a general good time, I was convicted by the message of one song in particular by Tenth Avenue North, “By Your Side.” Based on the message of 2 Corinthians 5:21, the song is a powerful testament to God’s grace–how undeserved, unable to be earned, and yet freely offered it is–to everyone–through the sacrifice of Christ. The song opens with “why are you striving these days…why are you trying to earn grace?…why are you looking for love? why are you searching as if I’m not enough?”

My heart breaks for the people that I know that are striving and seeking and searching.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I don’t normally witness wide open like this. Even though I’ve alluded to and discussed briefly my faith before, this is definitely a bit of a departure from my normal post, and it’s probably made a few of you uncomfortable. I don’t apologize for that. These words are here because my faith is an integral part of who I am.

Third Day--one of my favorite goups. Laid back and low key, incredible vocals.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Anaise permalink
    February 22, 2010 8:24 am

    I’ve never in my life been to a live concert of large proportions like that–I think a Christian one would be just fun.

    The picture of the hands raised in praise is quite beautiful.

  2. February 22, 2010 9:51 am

    Good for you writing this post and sharing what is such a part of you and what runs deep in your heart.

    What a fun weekend and what a great way to spend your weekend!

    I have several CD’s of ‘gospel’ music that we love to rock to. That genre has changed over the years and I’m so glad! I appreciate that there is more and more available because our youth need it!

    Love this post!

  3. February 22, 2010 10:10 am

    Hi. No need to apologize! I like your post. It reminds me of one of the great messages I listened to at church yesterday. It was about how much Christ loves us, and of His merciful, kind, forgiving nature – that he is not like the Pharases, overly strict. He was accused of breaking the Sabbath, forgave the adulterous woman, and came into the world singing and dancing. He came to show us the way so that we can repent and so that he can carry the sins that we repent of on his back – so that we don’t have to. This means that when we are truly sorry and truly repentant of our wrongs – we can go of the guilt, and move forward – thanks to Christ.

    Now it’s my turn to hope that I didn’t make anyone uncomfortable! 😉 Thanks for being brave Lori. Thanks for being you!

  4. February 22, 2010 11:50 am

    i too loved this post! i don’t write a ton about religious stuff on my blog. it is good to share your heart! i love it!!!! thank you, and the pictures look SO FUN!!!

  5. February 23, 2010 1:49 am

    Third Day? Awesome!

    I have loved ‘Christian Rock’ since I was a teenager. I had the opportunity to see Steven Curtis Chapman in concert 15 or so years ago and would love to see Jars of Clay or the Smalltown poets.

    Next time, I’ll tag along, okay?

  6. February 24, 2010 6:25 pm

    Looks like an awesome concert! I had some great friends growing up who would let me tag along to the concerts in the huge assembly hall at their church. I always loved the feeling of being there and have loved the music ever since.

  7. March 1, 2010 11:29 pm

    Kudos to you for this post! It takes a lot to share something so personal, thank you!

  8. Lori permalink*
    March 3, 2010 8:38 am

    Anaise–you should definitely go, just for the experience. They are quite fun. Take some ear buds. 😉

    Rachel–it was one of those things I almost didn’t go to because I had so many other things to do…cleaning, cooking, laundry–you know–all that fun stuff. Then I said, what the heck. It’s just a weekend. Of course, now, it’s been another weekend lost to a tumbling meet…CRAZY DAYS! But it was worth it.

    Corine–thanks–one of the many things I’ve always loved about the character of Christ is his “rebellious-ness.” If he walked the earth today, don’t you think he’d be a long-haired, sandal-wearing, hippie-looking, gentle-protector of the hugely unpopular? What a lesson.

    Misty–thanks–it’s nice when others see and understand your heart.

    J–it’s a date!…we’ll…uh…meet in the middle?

    Gerb–It was fantastic. You’re invited to tag along anytime. 😉

    Sarah–the heart of a blog, I guess, lies at the point of it being personal. So, here I am. Thanks for liking me, sort of? 🙂

  9. March 7, 2010 10:57 pm

    How fun! Looks like a blast! Great pics!

  10. Lori permalink*
    March 8, 2010 1:41 pm

    Thanks, Kristen–it was fantastic.

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