A couple weeks ago, I found out that Andrew Peterson was planning a trip to the West Coast and I could not have been more hopeful. Living in California, we rarely get Christian artists come out here. Most Christian artists are based in Nashville and it's an expensive trip. So we'll get the big names and that's about it. Having said that, this is the second time I've been blessed to see Andrew in California. I truly know that is a blessing.
The West Coast of course covers a lot of territory so I could only hope that a Southern California location would be included. I'm willing do drive quite far, so as long as it was somewhere that made sense...
I truly felt it was a gift from God that a church in Rancho Cucamonga had opened its doors. So I planned to go all week and was looking forward to it. But today, well, it was raining. And I felt yucky and I started to think maybe I wouldn't go. (by the way I've seen Andrew Peterson four times and three of those times have been by myself. The other time I dragged someone. Does anyone else have the problem of no one enjoying the same music?) But I went anyone, because well, it's Andrew Peterson. And if you've read this blog for any length of time, you know what that means. There are certain artists, creators, thinkers, writers who speak into our lives in just the right way that we can hear it. Andrew Peterson, Julie Lessman, Ravi Zacharias are some that come immediately to mind...that I think, when they write something (or sing something) that I read or hear I come away a better person.
So I do think it was the devil and his evil forces trying to keep me away tonight because it was an absolute feast for my soul. I just really felt that taking the time to sit and savor the songs from Resurrection Letters Volume II and the stories behind them was exactly what I needed. I was moved and encouraged and edified. I can't even remember the last time I felt so edified...which isn't saying much about the recent sermons I've heard. I'm just so thankful that in this big vast world, God gives us artists...people who take the mysteries of life and faith and the love of God and wrestle them into words, to give voice to the things we feel but cannot articulate, to affirm us and remind us that we are not alone on this journey of life.
In any case, I bought a couple of CDs...I actually already own the album, but wanted to get one signed (which he signed to my friend Amy...is that not the coolest or what?) and one signed to give away here. (because yes, I'm always thinking about the blog...guilty as charged)
If you'd like to check out the music of Andrew Peterson in the form of a signed CD!!! Please leave me a comment and tell me about an artist/writer/thinker/creator who speaks into your life. This is open to everyone everywhere, I just want to be sure that you understand this is Christian music.