Last night was good. We came here directly from Merrill and went right into the set up process. The venue, Hole in the Wall, was pretty sweet. It had a drum riser and the walls were littered with graffiti and writing that some youth have put there. Dodge Center isn't huge but the people we've met have been real friendly and hospitable. One of the local restaurants opened up just so we could have dinner there which was sweet.
Last night's highlights for me were a little different. None of them had anything to do with me performing. lol I've mentioned this already but it has been so cool seeing my tour mates perform. Last night I had the privilege of watching two of them do so for the first time. Both were such a delight.
Sergio performed last night and it was SO MUCH FUN. He is the oldest in our group and it could be easy to underestimate him just by looking. But watching him perform and listening to his music was just fun. It was cool to see him do what he left his home all summer for, and to see him have fun doing it. The other really cool part about his performance was that some of the other tour members played with him. I'm sure they didn't have to, but I'm glad they did. Fir me, it was a sign of unity and the heart of service that this tour is founded on to see this group comprised of people from different backgrounds, places, ages, etc. band together for one cause and not just serve the community but each other.
My second highlight was also from Sergio's set. My girl Jamie played drums on his last three songs and she was phenomenal. Over the week I have gotten to know Jamie and her family. She has shared a bit of her story with me and her passion to play and desire to do more with her gift. I just thought it was so cool that she came here to support her husband and that the door opened up for her to do what she loved last night. I hope we get to see/hear more of her in the next week.
On a more personal note, while it has been a good week, it can be hard to get real restful moments on the road. We share space everywhere we go pretty much. So true alone time is something you have to fight to make happen. I am definitely going to be more intentional about having a moment everyday to really pull back and reflect. That being said, though it's early in the game, I already feel like there's tons to process and I don't think I have really had the chance to. But yesterday during We Are One's set I had a sweet moment with God. They sang their newest song Beloved, and it just struck a chord with me.
It has been a crazy summer for me and in many ways the year still holds some surprises I'm sure. But it is a good reminder that I belong to God, and that I am loved by God. Just as we bring this hope and reminder to these towns and cities, it is also for us to remember to "be loved". Mothing we can earn or strive for, simply ours to receive. From God yes, but also from each other.
Be love, be loved.