Sunday, September 2, 2012

Let hope rise and darkness tremble

This morning I was blessed to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to experience something amazing.  My small group decided to take a trip to Reddish Knob, a mountain top located just an hour west of JMU.  It is right on the boarder of Virginia and West Virginia.  Our purpose?  To praise Christ from the top of His creation during the sunrise.

I can't explain how uplifting and amazing this experience was.  Not only was the beauty of the mountains and sunrise overwhelming, but our voices lifting up His name was just as beautiful.  We drove up, enjoyed the scenery for a while, took tons of pictures, watched the sun rise, and praised Him.

Judy, a girl in my small group, organized worship and played guitar for us.  It was wonderful.  She has been given such a talent and is using it in the best way. One of the songs we sang was "With Everything" by Hillsong.  If you haven't heard this song, or even if you have, consider listening to it.  It is one of my favorites.

Laura, one of our small group leaders, read Psalm 23 (what an amazing promise!) and we headed back to JMU.  We had a few girls leading worship at 9 a.m. for a local church, East Side!  We have so many talented musicians in my small group.

Reflecting on this experience makes me feel so lucky to have an amazing group of girls to worship Him with.  Isaiah 42:10-12 sort of speaks to an experience like this one.

Isaiah 42:10-12:
10 Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the end of the earth, you who go down to the sea and all that fills it, the coastlands and their inhabitants.  11 Let the desert and its cities lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar inhabits; let the habitants of Sela sing for joy, let them shout from the top of the mountains.  12 Let them give glory to the Lord and declare his praise in the coastlands.

That is just want we did - we shouted our song from the top of the mountains!

I'm so glad I have such amazing sisters in Christ to share moments like these with.

The pictures don't do His beauty justice at all, but they are the best I could come up with.

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