Friday, June 18, 2010

When I In Awesome Wonder

(Sometimes when I try to find the words to write what I want to share- they just plain escape me. Now is one of those times. That being said, my deepest apologies if this post seems disjointed and confusing.)

Pastor Jim was moved to tears. I stood in awe. The kids stopped talking long enough to actually listen.

As the choir in the village began their songs of praise today, we were all moved and touched in a special way. Though we could not understand the words that were being sung, the music that was coming from this united group of young men and women was nothing short of spectacular. They were a Masaai choir no less than 40 strong. They were beautiful.

We could hear the singing coming in the distance. As the choir walked from the village nearly 4 miles away from the church, they sang. Louder and louder the music got as they approached the church. Once in view, we could see the march of a faithful people. All dressed in the same way, matching necklaces, bracelets, shoes, belts- they were united as a symbol of the entire body of Christ. They all danced with gladness and thanksgiving- nothing like following the example of King David dancing through the streets. (They did keep their clothes on though!)

As they processed into the church, we followed behind- dumbfounded at the beauty before us. All we could do was stand there and watch in wonder. God was most definitely standing before us in that moment.

Honestly- when I think about the music that I heard today- it is what I imagine heaven to sound like; full of rich harmony and sincerity.

Gosh. I get goosebumps still just thinking about it.

For a few moments, I put down my video camera. I set aside my camera. I tuned out the chatter of children around me. And I just listened. I closed my eyes and listened. As I did, I prayed that this would be a sound and a moment that I would never forget.

Today we were blessed.

... and then The Haff has us sing. Not nearly as impressive. We tired to forfeit but The Haff wouldn't take "No" for an answer. We just hope we didn't cause any permanent damage...

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing such powerful stories with us, Emily. This blog is like a good book that I just don't want to put down. I can't wait until the next 'chapter' is published!

    May we all have moments that will never be forgotten...