Our First Candlelight Processional
After getting great seats, again a huge thank you to our friends, we were so ready to see one of the greatest Christian artists out there to date. Yes, Michael W. Smith was in town and was our narrator for the Christmas story. He was on the top of our list to see this Christmas season, so we were beyond excited for this evening to happen.
The orchestra starting, the trumpets going, and the bright colors of robed singers walking in was just an incredible sight. Voices of Liberty sang center stage with the choir, and then Michael W. Smith walked out. It was hard not to scream “Hello Smitty!” like a crazy fan. Craig and I listened to so much of his music in our dating years, so he is very special to us.
He read the story, then the choir sang in between the readings. I got goosebumps more than once, and I so wished I was up there with all the singers. While I listened to the Christmas music, I held onto my little Emily’s hand. It was so special to share this moment with my family, and I am glad we were blessed to do so.
I feel that God has been speaking to me quite a bit these days, and it’s usually quiet things that are reminders of getting myself back into a church. Not only did the CP make me think of my choir, but also my church. I miss the worship time, and I miss feeling that charge I need for my week.
Yesterday at Epcot I had seen a gospel choir called “Joyful.” They sang a song called “Glorious” which my own choir had sung at some Christmas years ago. I sang along, I had my hand in the air in worship, and for that moment in time… I forgot I was in Epcot. I was WORSHIPING my God, my Prince of Peace in my happiest place on Earth. It was almost too much for me to handle, I had wished in that moment that ANYONE I knew could share that joy with me at that precise second. They spoke of Christ so freely and wonderfully, I couldn’t get enough! The only reason I left was to pick up Kyra from school, or I would have stood there for every concert. If I could get in a gospel choir here… oh baby, watch out!
I want to say this with all the conviction I have in my heart… I LOVE that Walt Disney World allows Christ to be celebrated through this Choir, in the Candlelight Processional, in the Nativity Scene at the Osborne lights, and on their Night of Joy weekend. Kudos to the WDW Company for recognizing the importance of his name!!
I would like to leave you with this, the reason we wanted to see Michael W. Smith was because we knew he would speak the story with his heart and soul. Not that others don’t or won’t, but his love for Christ speaks through his music and ministry, and it just makes it that more special. After the show was over, he took a moment to speak to the audience and his message was simple. “Jesus loves you, and remember that he is the reason for the season.” I had a tear running down my cheek, because for some reason, hearing it from him was just very powerful. So I want to share that with you, please, remember the reason for the season. God bless each and every one of you!