Friday, May 23, 2014

Preparations for Boston

I'm a little behind where I usually am at this time in making preparations, but they are nevertheless progressing nicely.  The itinerary is now complete.

In other news, we have sung our program three different times now, and each has had some really nice moments.  Our first was at Embry Hills UMC, our second at Clairmont Oaks, and our third the benefit concert for the Children's Home right here at Decatur First.

I am posting below the "About Our Mission" page from the tour program.  Enjoy!

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
—John 1:1-5, King James Version
Darkness.  True darkness.  Darkness that hides your hand in front of your face.  If you’ve ever been in true darkness, you come to understand why children fear the dark.  It’s not the dark itself.  It is the unknown.  We fear what might be, what could be.  In that moment of fear we search for shelter.  We turn and find...more darkness.  It is everywhere.  And we are alone.
Darkness is powerful.  It is powerful, but it is nonexistent.  Darkness is not in itself a thing.  It is the absence of a thing.  Darkness can only exist where there is no light.  Where light shines, darkness cannot overcome it, and in that moment, light makes known the unknown.  We see clearly all that is.  Perhaps more importantly, we see clearly all that isn’t.  And we are comforted.
The beginning of John’s gospel expresses beautifully God’s entrance into our world.  Veiled in flesh, Christ nevertheless shined in our darkness, revealing the way of God.
So often we find ourselves in darkness.  We struggle against enemies known and unknown, searching for our way and finding only questions where we had hoped to find answers.  And then, a little dawn.  A light.  We are drawn to it, and it grows.  It reveals the way ahead of us.  We follow it.
In time the light reveals us to ourselves.  We find that we are not alone in the dark after all.  We were all simply too afraid to speak.  All around us are hands to hold and faces to smile.  We share the light with each other, and it grows brighter.  And then we turn from each other and find that the light is shining through us. 
We hope you enjoy our concert, “Light in the Darkness.”  It celebrates the victory of the light.  It celebrates that we are not alone in the dark.  Most of all, we offer this concert in hopes that while we are together, the light will grow brighter.


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