Wednesday, October 6, 2010

All for the Hall

Last night, my mom and I went to Keith Urban's production, All for the Hall.  It had been a crazy day around my house.  I managed to get all the kids bathed and ready for dinner.  The Committee came home to watch the rowdy boys.  I hightailed it out the door, and met Mom up at Kroger to head down to Bridgestone Arena.  I really had no idea what to expect.  Wow!!  I was very pleasantly surprised.

Keith Urban put on a show that would raise funds for the Counrty Music Hall of Fame.  He invited all sorts of folks to play on stage with Vince Gill and himself.  We saw Allison Krauss, Billy Currington, John Mayer, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Pride, Alan Jackson, and the ever-entertaining Dolly Parton.  It was a great, fun night filled with tons of people watching! 

One line from Allison Krauss's song caught my ear.  I could listen to her sing all day.  Her voice is always so clear and refreshing.  She sang...

I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

I don't know about tomorrow;
I just live from day to day.I don't borrow from its sunshine
For its skies may turn to grey.
I don't worry o'er the future,
For I know what Jesus said.And today I'll walk beside Him,For He knows what is ahead.
Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand.
Every step is getting brighter
As the golden stairs I climb;
Every burden's getting lighter,
Every cloud is silver-lined.
There the sun is always shining,
There no tear will dim the eye;
At the ending of the rainbow
Where the mountains touch the sky.
I don't know about tomorrow;
It may bring me poverty.
But the one who feeds the sparrow,
Is the one who stands by me.
And the path that is my portion
May be through the flame or flood;
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood.

None of us really knows about the tomorrows of our life.  None of us can predict the valleys we will travel through on our way to the next peak.  I need to remind myself daily as I get out of my bed and put my feet on the floor ~ Many things about tomorrow...I don't seem to understand...But I know who holds tomorrow...And I know who holds my hand.

It sounds hard.  It will probably take a great amount of trust to let things go...letting the worry flow off my shoulders and trust that my future is laid out for me.  I don't have the time to worry.  I'm only given this one life, and I'm going to do all I can to enjoy it.  When I lay down my head at night, I want to be able to think I had a full day filled with love and joy and no regrets!

To laugh often and much;

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.

--- inaccurately attributed to
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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