Songs of Hope

Early this summer I was stuck in Tampa for the weekend, so I visited Relevant Church–a great church in Ybor City that is hip and, well, relevant.  The praise band blasted out a powerful song that I’d never heard before.  I eventually learned that it was “Rise” by the Robbie Seay Band.  I really liked the song, so I downloaded it to my ipod and listened to it a lot.

Fast forward a few weeks.  Cherie and I, along with 3 others, are in Santiago, Dominican Republic, prevented from making our planned trip into Haiti by rioting which had resulted in the closing of the border.  The preliminary information we had led us to conclude that the missionaries and kids we were going to visit were in danger, and that we might be too if we went ahead.  We gathered in one of our hotel rooms to pray and the lyrics from that song kept rattling around in my head, “Rise, rise.  People of love, rise.  Give yourself away.”  The line that kept coming to mind the most was, “We’re not safe, but we will rise.”

Fast forward a few more weeks.  I was searching for something on youtube, and I searched the term “Love Wins.”  I discovered that Robbie Seay had a great song with that title.  So I bought the CD.

From the CD liner notes I discovered that Robbie Seay has a heart for mission.  I felt that there was some connection between his music and what was going on in my heart.

So I emailed his manager to see if he was going to be on the road this fall.  It turned out that he had November 5 available.

Thinking about whether to try to book a show at our church, I learned that Robbie’s brother Chris Seay is the lead pastor at Ecclesia Church in Houston, and is one of the creators of the Advent Conspiracy.  It just so happened that our church is planning to participate in that this year, launching it around the beginning of November.

That sealed it.  I got our pastor’s permission, then booked the show for November 5.

Then we decided to make it a benefit concert for Danita’s Children.  Only later did we learn that November 8 is international Orphan Awareness Day.

I believe God’s favor is on this event, in some way.

I just hope we pack the house.

If any of you are in the Danville area, or just want to join us for a great event and a great cause, we’d love to see you.

Love Wins