A way to survive the empty nest and a "cracked "relationship with a fun daily challenge of new experiences, reflections, sources, and some biblical guidance. I hope this blog which offers a fun journey to survive by trying something new, either vicariously or by doing, will result in a survival tool kit to replace the past familiar doing, giving, and/or incorporating the interest of your child or your long gone love interest, with some new self interest(s).
Day 179 Michael W. Smith with Jordan Smith Christmas Tour- Christmas Giving
Mom and I before the show
Listening to the sounds of Christmas is a good way to get “into the spirit.” It’s even better when you go a concert which celebrates Christmas
and does not try to focus on a generic “Holiday Season.” That is what you get with the Michael W. Smith Christmas tour. My Blog inspiration book, Everything I Need to Know about (Christmas), I Learned From A Little Golden Book, reminds us that Christmas is, “ a time for giving the
very best of yourself.” Giving your best, felt like the spirit of this concert.
I always thought of Michael W. Smith as a contemporary Christian artist. In fact, I saw him about a year ago in Pittsburgh with the Charlie Daniels
Band at The Festival of Hope (see Day 49) . However, he is also a composer
and an accomplished pianist. He infused several instrumental pieces and even a John Williams classic instrumental into the show.
He was accompanied by a full orchestra and opened the show
with some “old Christmas standards.”
The room exploded when his guest, Jordan Smith, sang, All Is Well. Jordan, who was the winner of the Voice, has a pure tone with a
powerful operatic upper range. There was also a little sing along and the audience almost started dancing when
Michael W. Smith sang, Skys Spills Over.
Michael W. Smith
What I enjoyed most was Jordan and Michael's reminder that Christmas is
about giving love, kindness, and friendship. Jordan explained that, “ the presents are
really just a symbol of the giving of ones heart.” This is a great tone to set as we hustle and rush to get things done this
last week before the big day. Focusing on the giving of ourselves to those who
need us, (family, friends or strangers), is really what makes this season so
special. Michael W. Smith’s rendition
of, Welcome to Our World, reminds us to slow down, reflect on our relationships,
and give some love to those who need it.