This has been a very special holiday season for me for several reasons but I would really like to share two particular reasons. Both involve music; something I am not skilled to comprehend the workings of. That being said; I extremely encourage you to view the following music as it melted my heart this Christmas season.
Early Saturday morning I had the distinct privilege of assisting with security needs at Christmas Gift 2010 at the Dallas Convention Center. This event served perhaps 15,000 homeless (inclusive of Veterans and people of all walks of life). As I stood (and shook a tad because of the frigid weather) I couldn’t help but notice how many times I saw people in line who could have been my parents, brothers or one day kids). It was a “shock” to the system to see our fellow human beings humbly standing in absolutely immense lines – many without coats – anticipating ANYTHING they may find inside the Convention Center. I prayed we had enough coats for each man, woman and child.
Being stationed at the helm of the “Homeless Guest” line I had the vantage point I needed to have for the day. God must have been present in so many ways. I had the distinct privilege of chatting with All walks of life and in all honesty I wondered if I might have been looking in the mirror on occasion. How had life brought so many to this point of need, neglect, want and desperation. More than several times I had to check my emotions as tears were knocking at the back of my eyelids. It had been probably only been 30 minutes outside and I had already committed to next year’s event as long as I found myself in the country. A true reality check! And one before I am about to step back out for the umpteenth time to SE Asia and sort out needs of discarded children (abused, neglected & trafficked). Now that I put this to paper it is no wonder the flood of emotions was wanting to burst out. In this resourced world it seems ludicrous we have to have either of these tragedies to sort out.
Assorted presenters appeared onstage and “did their deals.” But it wasn’t until this little girl stepped forward that my heart and attention and emotions became captivated. This precious little girl, Rhema raised the outside temperature by 20 degrees for thousands of people.
As she melodically and beautifully progressed through her songs the crowd became more enchanted with this little gem. And then she sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” If I was tech-savvy enough to be able to transfer the ending of her rendition via my cell phone you could share the experience as thousands cheered her and the moment it represented.
See Rhema sing “Amazing Grace” below.
The following evening I then had the distinct privilege to attend Trans Siberian Orchestra at the American Airlines Center and was completely “wowed” by other beautiful voices. A song that has been rising on my All-Time Favorites List was included in their encore. As great as it is on cd, internet, etc.; it was borderline emotional in its beauty. Check it out below. It is called: Christmas Canon.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a time of remembering all you are so fortunate to have!
Eric “Eazy Wanderer”