The Finale

The Finale

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” [Colossians 3:16]

After we spent the day playing at the local waterpark, getting far too much sun and having oodles of fun, it was time. Supper, then back down for the final night of the festival. I’m not a big ‘rocker’, I like my music loud (mostly so I think my singing is awesome ;)) but at the same time, I like to be able to think and hear myself doing it. So I knew the final line up would be okay, even if these were not my favorites, but I’d still have fun.

The first group that came on stage was not our cup of tea … at all. Loud and screechy, even at the very back of the field we couldn’t hear her words, I know this because up front where we were sitting was so loud, we went for a walk. It wasn’t all bad, leaving our seats meant we found the best lemonade stand EVER!  They used fresh lemons, chopped in front of us, real cane sugar and spring water … shaken and poured, lemon skins, seeds and all….yummy. 🙂

It got better after that, Tenth Avenue North took the stage. I only know a few of their songs, so it was more of an enjoyment of listening than singing. I was okay with that. They told us their story in music. They praised Jesus with their words. Really, it doesn’t get better than that, or does it?!?!

They left the stage and it was time for one final show. The big one! The crowd by then was huge and most everyone knew the band coming on. They’ve been around for 20 plus years. I knew them when I was a teenager.  Third Day was about to rock the grounds and everyone was ready.

The music was loud, the voices were raspy, just like they sound on the radio. Their audience was all in. Even my hubby was feeling it, clapping and laughing…..this was going to be the moment we waited for. They sang songs of love and praise.  They thanked their moms for hauling them off to church every Sunday. They took song requests. They sang some of them but the best part was when the old hymns came out. There is nothing better than a modern twist of the old hymnal from my youth.

Blessed Assurance, for example, was sang with drums, keyboard, electric guitars and a crowd of people singing to their Saviour. That was the best way to end a weekend that was full of people I knew and didn’t know praising Jesus.

The weekend was so awesome and so totally incredible that we bought our tickets to next year’s show before we left. For that I cannot wait!!!!!

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