We headed down to Colorado Springs with Mom and Dad last night to attend MESSIAH at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. Wow. WOW! It was incredible.
The choir and orchestra performed the entire thing, and I loved following along in the program and seeing the scenes unfold as the story of our Messiah was told from beginning to end. I'm familiar with some of the music, but much of it was new to me. Amazing. I find myself sitting here, unable to convey just how wonderful it was.
Of course, Hallelujah! was beyond words, but I think that Worthy Is the Lamb deserves to have the audience stand as well. And the short chorus of The Lord Gave the Word just made my heart thrill when suddenly the choir belted out: "The Lord gave the word: great was the company of preachers."
The lyrics are all straight from Scripture. This was my favorite last night; the words that grabbed my heart:
O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain;
O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, "Behold your God!"
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
Have you seen a performance of the entire work? If you have the chance, go!
Village Seven is the church I grew up in for the most part, the church where Toben and I got married. So it was fun to see familiar faces everywhere I turned.
And I have to say I'm surprised that no one stopped me to say, "Aren't you one of the Friedenstein girls?" (That happens a lot when I'm down in the Springs--I look a lot like my mother and they seem to know everyone, so I always have to be on my best behavior when I head down I-25!) Maybe it's because I was with my mom and people just knew I was a Friedenstein girl. :)
Fun small world thing: After we found seats, my mom was talking to a woman sitting in front of us. She pulled me into the conversation and introduced me to my second-grade teacher! Once I put her name with her face, I recognized her and we had fun remembering second grade together. So much of that year is crystal clear in my memory, and it was fun to hear her side of those memories!
It took awhile to leave--so many people to say hello to--and we got home after 1o. Late for the Heim girls! So we're turning our day upside down today--time to work independently this morning, and school together this afternoon.
I'm off to the library to return some books--and one very overdue book (oops!) and get some more hairspray. (I'm out. And I love hairspray. Just ask the girls. I might just overdo it a bit.) I'll study some Greek this morning (test tomorrow and final next week) while they finish illustrating the story books they're writing for history.
And before I forget, Memory Monday for us is just reviewing Philippians 2:5-11 to make sure it's written in permanent marker on our hearts. As always, if you'd like to join in, we'd love to have you. Click on the button on the right for more information.
Hope you have a great Monday. We lit our second candle as part of our Advent wreath yesterday--the candle of preparation. Take some time to sit quietly by the light of your tree today. Sometimes I think the best thing we can do to prepare for Christmas is just to be still and savor the beauty that surrounds us. After all, you worked hard to make it pretty; take some time to enjoy it!