There are no words to describe what transpired at The Arts Expressed last night (Brian Powers, The Snowman, & Guests). Absolutely phenomenal musicians, all sons of God, giving glory to Him through sharing their testimonies & their incredible musical gifts & skills. It was an atmosphere of divinely encountering His presence & His excellence…His joy & His peace…His delight in His kids & the incomparable gifts He pours into each one…intimacy with Him. We were born to live in that place. We were to created to seek that encountering place, satisfied in Him alone…and yet, it was only an amazing glimpse. I am left speechless over the whole experience. Thank You, Lord! Hallelujah! (Hallel, Jah, as Ray Hughes would say – Hebrew, for a shout of praise to God.

My heart strings tug with sadness at the same time, by the fact that our family (7), the four musicians who came to share & the family members they brought along with them (9) made up over half those in attendance. Only 13 people (thank You, Lord, for every single one of those 13 people, the band & their family members) were able to make time in their busy schedules to encounter such an amazing evening in His presence for which there are no words. I totally understand summer is busy…so is fall…so is winter…so is spring. We will always be a people of busy schedules in this nation. Unfortunately, our busyness causes us, oftentimes through no fault of our own (work, family & Kingdom commitments that have called us elsewhere), to miss out on uniquely divine encounters beyond description.

I long for the day when seeking the Lord…His presence & His Kingdom…are the priority in our lives to the same extent (or more so) as our sports, our recreation, our jobs & all of the other requirements that pull on family life in this culture. I long for the day when true worship of our King will be a 24/7 focus & the longing of our hearts..from the youngest to the oldest…instead of something we do once or twice a week…something we teach the next generation on an hourly basis, day-by-day.

Oh, Lord…there are no words…only groans…“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” (Romans 8:26, MSG)

Thank You, Lord, for each unique & special coffeehouse we’ve had throughout this past year, & for every person You’ve gathered together in that intimate setting. Each coffeehouse has been a treasured encounter like no other. We look forward to how You desire to move forward in the coming season.