Last week I was listening to my Christmas CD driving home from somewhere. All of a sudden this next song came on and I was transfixed by its beauty. You know the kind of song that I mean. The one that has a hint of sadness in it. Of pulling at your heart-strings – in a good way. The pulling of emotions that only music can do – when mere words fail us. It was Michael W. Smith. This song is on his Christmas CD. It is reflective and moving. I found myself being grateful and shuffling through some wonderful memories of past things around the holiday season – some sad, some happy – some a little of both. Tears were streaming down my face and it was a little embarrassing the closer I drove to home. I wondered, “what will Greg think I’m crying about?” It was a little silly. Thankfully he was not home yet – just my pretty puppy and she did not notice anything out of the ordinary – was just glad to see me as always. I told Greg about the incident the next time we were in the car together listening to my Christmas CD. I can’t remember him ever being moved to tears by any music before, except “Lamb of God” by Michael English – but I think he understood.
We had the pleasure of hearing Michael (Smitty) in concert a few years back with a full choir and orchestra. From the first notes of his majestic Christmas music – I was moved to tears and stayed that way the entire concert. He’s just that good.
Music is the universal language and can say things that words can’t express. It sets a mood – prepares our hearts and minds – and brings a new appreciation for the gifts around us. I’m always grateful and thankful for music that stirs and moves my heart.
Enjoy and God Bless