Friday night, my hubby had a wonderful surprise. I enjoyed going with him to see Messiah. A couple of weeks ago while we were at his parents house and his mom was saying that White Christmas was going to be coming to Raleigh. I have never seen the movie or the play, but she was so excited and said how she would love to do something like that. I quickly gave Zack the look that said “yes, can we please go sometime”? After that Zack asked me a week later if I would like to see the Nutcracker or Messiah. I have seen the Nutcracker a dozen times or so, but had never seen Messiah. If you’re not familiar with any of the music here’s a sample of some lyrics from it you may recognize:
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Revelation 11:15 15. . . the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ: and He shall reign for ever and ever. Revelation 19:16 16. . . . KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS.
So Friday, he called me and asked if I would be his date to go watch Messiah. We drove into downtown Raleigh where it was only showing that night. We got in our seats and began listening to some beautiful music. I was reminded of my days at college and singing in the University Choir. How I absolutely love music. I could almost put myself in the seats of those who had their instruments: the violinists, cellists, drums, and vocalists. The passion of what they were doing was electrifying in my seat.
At the part of the Hallelujah chorus everyone stood to their feet and Zack was surprised, but I remember the story I had read in my book Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stories. George Frideric Handel’s father had wanted him to be in the legal profession, but Handel loved music. He wrote operas and audiences everywhere would come and fill up the arenas. It quickly faded and the world thought that Handel had lost his inspiration, but he was not finished yet. Locking himself in his room for 23 days he came up with Messiah. It opened in London and King George II was in the audience when the Hallelujah chorus began to play he jumped to his feet. Some people thought that he had mistaken the chorus for the National Anthem because he was hard of hearing. Today, audiences still stand in reverence. But when I stood all I could think about were those words: KING OF KINGS, LORD OF LORDS AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER. He is so worthy of our praise.
I am so thankful for a husband who is so thoughtful and loving to me. Thank you honey! I love you.