I cannot wait until 7:00 tonight: a new friend*–whom, soon, I'll really get to know–has made it possible for me to attend and live blog The United Tour, showcasing two legends in contemporary Christian music–
Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith.
With almost 100 Dove and Grammy awards to their credit, their respective 20+ year careers in the music business have been characterized by consistency, excellence and devotion to God. Their public lives are compelling testimony to and evidence of their faith–when all is well, and perhaps no more beautifully, than in the midst of tragedy.
If you're online, PLEASE check in after 7:00 p.m. EST TONIGHT when hopefully I'll be sharing with you LIVE pictures and words from the Spring kick off of The United Tour!!
Two extras which, if you have time, explain this post title.
"Above All" is one of my favorite MWS songs; in it, he simply and beautifully reminds me of God's place in my life. One minute 18 seconds into the song/this video, however, I lose it every time I hear it; I'm reminded of my son's interpretation of the lyrics.
One Sunday morning, we sang "Above All" at church; the lyrics were being scrolled across a big screen at the front of our sanctuary–
Above all powers / Above all things / Above all nature and all created things
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man / You were here before the world began
Above all kingdoms / Above all thrones / Above all wonders the world has ever known
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth / There's no way to measure what You're worth
Laid behind the stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Right at that point, my son leaned in close to me and whispered, "Like a ROSE? I always thought it was 'Like a ROACH trampled on the ground'…!"
…which, when you think about it, makes just as much sense.
"Speechless" is my favorite SCC album; though I admired him from a distance prior to its 1999 release, "Speechless" sealed Chapman as one of my favorite recording artists, Christian or otherwise. There are too many songs I love on it to list just one as a favorite, but "Dive" resonates loudly with my carpe diem spirit. Every time I've been at a crossroads in life since first hearing that song, it mentally plays–on "repeat", mind you–and inspires me to "sink or swim".
Wait, I can't stand it! It's not enough to tell you that, lol, read the lyrics in full and you'll see what I mean (if you click the album image, you'll be directed to the Chapman Channel and can listen to the song. Prepare to dive!).
The long awaited rains / Have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground
And carved their way to where / The wild and rushing river can be found
And like the rains / I have been carried here to where the river flows, yeah
My heart is racing and my knees are weak / As I walk to the edge
I know there is no turning back / Once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice / That's telling me it's time
to take the leap of faith
So here I go
I'm diving in I'm going deep in over my head I want to be
Caught in the rush lost in the flow in over my head I want to go
The river's deep, the river's wide, the river's water is alive
So sink or swim I'm diving in
There is a supernatural power / In this mighty rivers flow
It can bring the dead to life / And it can fill an empty soul
And give a heart the only thing / Worth living and worth dying for yeah
But we will never know the awesome power / Of the grace of god
Until we let ourselves get swept away / Into this holy flood
So if you'll take my hand / Well close our eyes and count to three