I have a confession to make:
Music makes me come unglued.
It is one of my favorite ways to worship. It is one of the primary ways I maintain intimacy with my Father. It makes me feel so…much.
So when my husband found Sonfest in Charlotte, NC, we knew it was time to visit our sweet friends who recently moved to that area. They graciously received us for the weekend. Put up with us…fed us…provided liquid refreshment…and a hot tub. They even accompanied us to Carowinds Amusement Park for the afternoon (which was a nightmare, but that’s for another day…I have two words for you, Jacalyn: foot fungus). After a lovely day in the sun with the entire tri-state population, our friend T.J. took all four of the kids home so that his wife could stay and enjoy the concert with Jeff and me.
We missed the first acts of the concert because we were spending quality time with our children suffering in the overcrowded water park portion of Carowinds. We missed a band named Red and Hawk Nelson. We caught most of the Switchfoot set, but missed their new hit that is on the
newest Narnia movie. Jon Foreman, the lead singer, is really a showman. He came out into the crowd and gave a lot of young girls quite a thrill. Here’s a picture with my less than satisfactory
I promise that’s him. I don’t know a lot of their music, but enjoyed their performance despite this. After Switchfoot, Mark Stuart, lead singer of AudioAdrenaline (which is now retired from the music scene, I guess) told the story of how a bad case diarrhea led him to start the band and fulfill God’s plan for that part of his life. I won’t
go into it, will save it for him—Mark, I love you, but that story was disturbing. Mark also told a very moving story about the ministry that AudioAdrenaline founded and supports, The Hands and Feet Project. The story is featured here on the website. (You can see pictures from Cristela’s rescue by going to the media section.) It was very moving.
But the real reason we came was to see these guys:
Third Day was awesome! I couldn’t sit still, and am sure I annoyed the poor souls behind me. Here’s a pic of Mac Powell taken with my less than satisfactory camera. I promise that’s him. My actual view was a bit better than the pictures indicate.
Anyway, it was such an awesome show. The guys did not disappoint, even after a day of fun in the sun (we saw Tai and Mark walking around the park with their little ones—my husband had to restrain me). Jeff and Jacalyn had a great time…see?
I think making music for Jesus must be the most satisfying job ever and I have the utmost respect for all the musicians we enjoyed over the weekend.
Bless you guys, and keep making music!