A Word from Cheryl:

Thank you for visiting my Concert Review Blog. I have enjoyed attending, photographing and writing about a variety of concerts over the past several years. I hope that my reviews and photos have made you feel like you were right there with me.

At this time in my life I've taken a step back, looked at what’s truly important and have begun to prioritize my time, energy and resources.

I retired from nursing in 2012 and was then able to be with my aging father, who later passed away in June, 2013.

My family is growing dramatically! We now have eight grandchildren and I take every opportunity to be available to help when needed. I also make sure I carve out plenty of time for my husband so that he knows how important he is to me.

Because of this I don't attend many concerts anymore. I try to be selective in choosing a show and do my best to relax and enjoy the experience. I no longer stress about getting the perfect photo or remembering some occurrence so I can write about it.

If you want to view a collection of some of my favorite photos from the past several years you may find them here:
Cheryl's Pearls Photos - Concerts

Thanks again for visiting my site.

May God Bless,

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Chris Tomlin's "Glory in the Highest" Christmas Concert

Season's Greetings!

During the holiday season it’s especially nice to be able to attend a (dare I say it?) Christmas concert where the artists are not worried about being “politically correct” as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

On December 10th my husband and I joined some friends at Chris Tomlin’s “Glory in the Highest” Christmas Concert held at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge, VA.  Setting the holiday mood were beautiful white twinkling lights draped along the curtains that changed their color from deep red to green then blue and back again.

Chris Tomlin casually stepped on stage to lead everyone in the popular Christmas carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and the concert began.  Chris is small in stature but boundless in energy.  He radiates the joy he sings about in “Joy to the World” and encourages others to rejoice with “My Soul Magnifies the Lord.”  When he sang “Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)” the true meaning of Christmas was made clear.  A babe was born with the purpose of redeeming mankind.

Louie Giglio came out with gift in hand and chose a volunteer from the audience to unwrap it.  The young girl was thrilled with the lavender covered Bible and back stage passes.  Louie proceeded to talk about the greatest gift ever given and how the shepherds must have felt when faced with the amazing news that special night so long ago.  How frightening and thrilling.  What a gift our world received.  What a difference He can make in our lives today, if we let Him.

Chris continued to sing seasonal and worship songs like “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Holy Night,” “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” and “Glory in the Highest.”

It was uplifting and refreshing to celebrate the true reason for the season.  Merry Christmas!  God bless us, everyone.