That was our opening hymn
and the congregation sang it
"To God be the Glory
Great things He has done!"
So, that was when the tears
first tried to jump out of my eyes.
I just kept thinking,
"This is it. No more concerts!"
Well, that is true and I think it is time.
But, I could not have asked for a better
one to leave with.
As usual, everyone stepped up and
gave it their very best!
The only picture I took there was
this one of the empty stage
before anyone else arrived.
It was so quiet at this moment
and I prayed for the concert to come.
Prayer Answered in the affirmative.
The songs were sung wholeheartedly and
the combination choir pieces were simply
beautiful. The Dad I asked to speak just
before the last two pieces did just as I hoped
he would in offering a simple invitation to
those who were not yet a part of the
Family of God. He happens to be a
Pastor so I figured he would probably
get that right....lol.
A funny thing happened at the very end.
After the last song was sung I told the kids
to stay there and I sat down on the front pew
next to Mrs. Rabe of Creekside Cottage.
I was filled with so many
feelings but mostly happiness
for the work the
students had done.
Tears started flowing just
as Deanna (Mrs. Rabe) reached for tissues for
herself. She grabbed an extra for me.
At that moment the earlier referenced Pastor/Dad
said that they were going to honor us...so now
everyone was watching. What we didn't realize
was that we removed our glasses, wiped our eyes
and replaced our glasses at exactly the same time.
Warren said it was really funny...as did others.
We were so very touched by the outpouring of
love and appreciation represented in a huge bouquet
of flowers for each of us as well as some lovely
But, even that paled in significance as
the students came up and said "Thank You" and
other very nice things. One little guy asked for my
phone number so that he could call me. I have informed
my husband that if Young Mister......calls it is legit and I want
to speak with him.
God was very, very good to us
The message of salvation could not
have been clearer.
The PowerPoint was a hit.
The students gave it their all.
Deanna and I felt the LOVE.
on to the next thing God has for us.
It is kind of nice that Deanna and I "work"
together in our church...
because we make a good team.
That doesn't have to stop just because
the Co-op phase of our lives is done.
I've included photos of the flowers
received last night.
Three bouquets all together.
Oh, and you know how I love
I've got my own...
in an Easter Egg.
A gift from a student.
They are mine....