Online wish lists have made Christmas and birthday shopping for family members a breeze in recent years, whether created on ordering sites like Amazon or just composed and shared in a Facebook message with a select group of recipients. It was just such a message I was operating from when I saw that he wanted to go to the Chris Tomlin Burning Lights Tour concert in northern Kentucky tonight.
Excited beyond belief that he picked an event I wanted to attend as well, I eagerly bought the tickets. Chris Tomlin has long been at the top of my list of favorite Christian artists. But for Jim the highlight of the evening will be hearing singer and songwriter Kari Jobe, who will be appearing onstage along with the headliner of the event.
Her music has revolutionized our worship experiences ever since we first heard her name. There is a purity of heart that comes through in her voice that draws the listener in to an intimate expression of love for God of their own. On occasion I’ve gotten so lost in her singing while walking on the treadmill that I’ve very nearly fallen off the equipment as a result! Thankfully tonight I will be safely seated and can zone out to my heart’s content.
Making the evening even more special is the fact that the oldest of my three sons will be attending the concert with us. Any chance to visit with him now that he’s moved into a home of his own is a cause for celebration, and his presence tonight will add to the fun of the evening.
I should have known without checking a list that a night in the presence of God and His Son would be a gift guaranteed to surprise and delight.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
(James 1:17 NIV)
(James 1:17 NIV)