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Dec 14, 2012

An Early Christmas Gift

MaryAnn Gaver

  December 4, 7:00 p.m.  Liberty University

    We drive past a lovely manger scene which adorns the entrance to campus, followed by beautifully illuminated trees all along the boulevard.  Jay and I talk about the twins' decision to attend Liberty and how it seems to be a great fit for them -- faculty with the highest degrees, students who genuinely love the Lord, excellent academics, plenty of majors and great opportunities...

     Entering the music hall, we find seats for the 7:30 p.m. Christmas on the Boulevard  performance by Liberty's School of Music, featuring the Symphony Orchestra, Worship Choirs, Handbell Ensemble and LU Praise.  Austin's a violist with the orchestra and likes the challenge and camaraderie that it provides.

     The evening is a glorious celebration of the birth of Christ with joyous and beautiful musical arrangements fit for the Kennedy Center!   The solos, the choirs, the orchestra -- I love watching the conductor lead the strings, percussion, woodwinds and brass.  Dr. Armenio Suzano...even his name is musical...an outstanding and dynamic conductor...

     As Charles Billingsley beautifully sings Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, the Choir and Orchestra perform in the background. I watch the string section -- the backbone of the orchestra...and  think back to Austin's first recital.  First solo, first concerto, first time playing in an orchestra.  Rehearsals, practices, lessons and expenses. I think of the many times he wanted to quit, and the many times I wanted to quit, too! 

     Just as quickly as these thoughts arrive, they vanish like a morning dream, and the final piece, the Messiah Medley commences.  Not more than a few minutes go by before every person in the music hall stands up in honor of Christ.  "And He shall reign forever and ever..."

     I am so thankful for the wonderful gift of music and to be at Liberty University tonight!

  

   Here's a picture of Justin, Jay and Austin right after the performance. Bravo!  Bravo!  Bravo!  Check out an earlier blog, 1,976 Empty Seats - especially if your kids are in music.  But even if they're not, I'm sure you'll relate.

   It's all been worth it.  The homeschooling, the music, the mothering, the teaching ... 

May God bless you.  Talk to you tomorrow...

love,

MaryAnn

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