Last Saturday night, a dream of mine came true. I am a big big fan of the Gaither Vocal Band, and so when my sister phoned to tell me that The Gaithers were having a homecoming tour for one night at the SECC, I was certainly not going to miss it. And boy...I was not disappointed.
They are from America and the last time they were over was 5 years ago and I unfortunately never got the chance to go to hear them then.
The group that came over consisted of Guy Penrod....(Yeah....Big cheer!...love this guy), Bill Gaither of course, Marshall Hall and Wes Hampton ,and this made up the Gaither Vocal Band.
Then there was Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, whose members consisted of, yes....Ernie Haase!, Tim Duncan, Doug Anderson and Ryan Seaton.
Janet Paschal, whose many backing tracks I own was there, and brought great delight to me when she sang Written in red....the woman who first challenged me with the song and enabled me to use it on many occassions. This amazing lady has been battling with breast cancer for quite a few years, but so gladly testified that she has been cleared of all cancer just recently. Of course, we had Gloria Gaither, Bill's wife whose gift of the spoken word put to music was just spine tingling. For those of you who haven't hear of the Gaither's......they are the couple who wrote that well familiar piece of music "Because He lives" and have been responsible for writing many many lovely songs over the years. Bill and Gloria are such a Godly couple whose love for their Saviour is just oozing out of them. In fact I have to say, that love for God was so evident. to see in all of them.
Then there were "The Easter's".....Husband Jeff and Wife Sherrie have been singing for many years together and they were great. Playing guitar and being the comedian of the night was a guy called Kevin Williams who has been playing guitar for the gaithers for years now, but he also has his own solo career as well. He was so so funny, the whole mickey take out of Bill and the way Bill responds is all good fun and a great laugh. There was lastly but by no means least a guy that was led onto the stage and seated at the keyboard. This guy called Gordon Mote is blind and he just blew me away with his playing and his singing. All of these guys were just so note perfect and the songs that they sang were just so uplifting, challenging and encouraging.
Ernie Hasse and Signature Sound teamed up with the Gaither Vocal Band and performed as a double quartet. Words cannot express, at least mine certainly can't just how truly beautiful their singing was....but more beautiful was the sincerity that they all had. It's no secret that I have been feeling really quite lost for quite some time now, and to be honest, that's kinda still the case, and because of a whole bundle of different issues I have, without intending to I guess I have pushed God away. And I hate acknowledging that because I know and have always known that I can't live without Him but I have to be honest with myself and Him and say that I haven't spent much quality time with Him lately.
Whenever I have listened to the Gaither Vocal Band, I have always been blessed and been so brought close to God through their music and their harmonies. With everything that has been going on for these past months, I just haven't allowed myself to indulge in listening to them.
When the concert was over, and the purchasing of CD's were bought, and the getting squashed, and I mean squashed trying to get signatures and photos was all done I came away feeling that part of my emptiness had been filled with a new hope. Some of the words to the songs just blew me away and I just felt God so near.
Well it's no surprise that I have hardly had the CD's off. One is of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, and the other is of the double quartet. There are many wonderful songs I could pick out, and I am sure on some other post I will comment on them...but there is one that has done me the world of good. It's about what I have been truly missing. It's called "Sitting at the feet of Jesus". Through listening and being challenged by these words I feel a flame is burning within me again....gently. Each time I listen, it seems to fan the flame more.
Here are the lyrics....they are old words but just so strong.
"Sitting at the feet of Jesus Oh, what words I hear Him say Happy place, so near, so precious May it find me there each day Sitting at the feet of Jesus I would look upon the past For His has been so gracious It has won my heart at last
Sitting at the feet of Jesus Where can mortals be more blest There I lay my sins and sorrows And, when weary, find sweet rest Sitting at the feet of Jesus There I love to weep and pray While I from His fullness gather Grace and comfort every day
Bless me, O my Savior, bless me As I sit low at Thy feet Oh, look down in love upon me Let me see Thy face so sweet Give me, Lord, the mind of Jesus Make me holy as He is May I prove I've been with Jesus Who is all my righteousness"
Such powerful words, so sensitively sung as you will hear from the clip below. And I challenge anyone to hear this and not be blessed. What does it do for me?.......What's my challenge?...these last few lines "Give me, Lord, the mind of Jesus Make me holy as He is May I prove I've been with Jesus Who is all my righteousness"
What a challenge.....for others to see the living proof that we have spent time in His presence, sitting at His feet....that people may see Him in us....in me. There is no time to waste....life is too precious and too short....and there are far too many souls out there who don't know Christ and I've got something to prove. I want to prove that I have spent time with my Saviour, sitting at His feet.
Please watch and listen.....and when the last verse is being sung and they sing a few lines accapella, just watch out for those tingles!
Name::littlelaughalot From::Motherwell, Scotland, United Kingdom
Well, firstly and most importantly I am a follower of Jesus Christ who has two beautiful girls and a best friend as a husband. I am also the proud owner of a gorgeous cairn called Pippin. I love to sing and have done ever since I was very young. It's my way of expressing my love for God. I also enjoy art, design, chocolate, tea and feel most relaxed when my house is absolutley spotless, (which with a husband and two kids doesn't happen very often!). View my complete profile