At church last night, we were treated to a free concert by the renowned Christian artist, Crystal Lewis. We had the opportunity to see her many years ago when she came to Hawaii for the Harvest Crusade with Pastor Greg Laurie, but this performance was more casual and intimate. She shared scripture and the inspiration for her songs. She also gave us a glimpse into her personal life with down-to-earth stories of her parents’ profound influence on her faith.
For part of the performance, Crystal Lewis shared the stage her 17-year-old daughter, Izzi Ray, who is also a songwriter and performing artist in her own right. Izzi performed a couple of songs solo, then was joined by her mother. I loved their version of O Come Emmanuel.
In short, I was blessed by the performance!
Crystal Lewis also spoke of her own walk with God and how she posts on her personal blog a monthly scripture to memorize/meditate on which she calls the STANDard. I think that is a wonderful idea and will be following along with her come January 1, 2014.
At the end of the concert, our pastor came to the stage and gave a brief message and invitation to accept Christ. Perhaps one of the most heart-warming moments of the evening was when everyone’s eyes were closed and the pastor led the new converts in prayer. Although most people will pray silently or quietly, a woman in the row behind us repeated the words after the pastor aloud and unashamed, her voice quivering and sobs heaving in her chest. Her heartfelt prayer and show of emotion and brokenness instantly brought me to tears. There are few things this side of heaven that are more moving than to witness the true conversion and show of repentance in a person.
After church, as we were driving home with the family, I was recounting the episode with Hubby and our 5-year-old daughter was keenly listening. She had many questions.
“You mean the lady didn’t know God before and she just decided to accept Him tonight?” she asked.
“Yes,” I replied and explained to her how the pastor will extend an invitation to anyone who wants to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior can do so simply by saying a prayer to accept and follow Him.
“Wow!! That is neat!” she said, astonishment and wonder filling her voice. I clearly got the impression from her line of questioning that she was just as awestruck as I was that we were there to be part of that amazing moment in that woman’s life.
There are moments that show me that she grasps spiritual matters on a deeper level than I would expect of a 5-year-old. It amazes me, yet also confirms the reason why Jesus speaks of requiring the faith of a child to enter heaven. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Luke 18:17) It is my prayer that I may approach Jesus with the wonderment and unwavering trust of a child.