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I Love You This Big

15 Aug

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,
to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you
of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and
glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Peter 2:11-12

A few evenings ago, in the world of entertainment, my husband and I enjoyed a unique time together as we took the Light Rail into the heart of Baltimore, MD.  Several weeks ago for Father’s Day, our children gifted us with two tickets to the American Idol Summer Tour Concert.  Having been avid Idol watchers for the past 4 seasons, we were excited about this very creative and unusual present. The kids know that we really enjoy and appreciate good talent and wholesome individuals who really desire a chance to do what they love.  We especially liked this past season, for with the exception of only a few contestants, we found it difficult from week to week to narrow down the competition. 

The ride to the 1st Mariner Arena was fun as we sent cell phone pictures to our grandson (via his mom’s iPhone) of our mode of transportation.  He immediately told his mommy that we were to come to Cole’s house on the train.  Sharing the trip with a multitude of Baltimore sports enthusiasts and other concert goers, the journey was already entertaining for me as I people-watched and wondered where they were all going and what life was like for them. 

Our public transit took us to the front doors of the stadium, making our commute nearly perfect!  Once inside, we were immediately surrounded by fans of all ages … little giggly girls wearing Idol t-shirts, teens, moms and dads, older ones like us, and even the senior generation like my mom’s age who enjoy the talent and the excitement of the program.  The smell of popcorn and nachos wafted in from the hallways, but the high prices kept us away.  As the lights were dimmed moments before the show began, I found it quite interesting to glance through the crowd of thousands of people to see the unmistakable glow of cell phones everywhere.  People were no doubt taking pictures of each other and posting them on Facebook, updating their status and letting their world know that they were about to see their favorite Idol stars and Scotty McCreery in person. 

As the concert began, it was great to once again see the singers we had watched, voted for and against, and enjoy the flow of the program … from groups, to solos, duets, and instrumental numbers.  The second half of the evening was by far the best, as the top 6 finalists performed and brought the crowd to their feet.  As Scotty McCreery, this year’s winner, finally took the stage, it was indeed a fun moment!  This young man has a grace about him, a natural niche for the stage and microphone, and a ‘Throwback Country’ charm that will take him places throughout his life.  I stood there, with camera in hand, capturing clicks in time, providing us with memories of ‘way back when Scotty was only 17’. 

As Scotty pulled out the stops with his infamous rendition of the song “Gone”, I remembered his reaction to one of the judge’s comments following his first performance of this song during the year’s competition.  Having been told that up till now he had been a Puritan and tonight he had danced with the devil, Scotty turned to the camera during his 15 second re-cap and said “I didn’t dance with the devil … I love Jesus!”  Another week when a very controversial mentor had given some off-colored advice to Scotty, he grabbed the cross necklace that was around his neck and said, “I just feel like I need to kiss my cross to say Lord this is not my doing.”   It does my heart good to recognize faith-raised, wholesome morals, and a love for Jesus that shines through the muck of Hollywood. 

Scotty McCreery

The words to Scotty’s debut single describe earthly love … I Love You This Big.  I love you to the moon and back, deeper than the ocean, taller than the pines.  But as he stood there on that stage and sang the words to the chorus and spread his arms apart, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus.  He also held his arms open wide, nailed to a cross, and died for our sins.  I love you this big, He said.  In the days ahead as you scan through the radio stations in your car or sit down for a meal at LongHorn Steakhouse and you hear the warm bass tones of this young man’s song, join me in allowing this love song to remind us of God’s unfathomable love for you and I.  I LOVE YOU THIS BIG …

Until next time,
Debbie

Remember me for this also, O my God,
and show mercy to me according to Your great love. 
Nehemiah 13:22b

For great is Your love, reaching to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Psalm 57:10

I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness
known through all generations. 

Psalm 89:1

 

*  Scotty’s debut single  ~  I Love You This Big          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVq8nEHCKd4&ob=av2e

*  Scotty’s GONE performance on May 4, 2011          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x82v9PdyOHE

*  For my friends who subscribe to Morsels of Mercy and automatically get a copy sent to your email, check out the blog on my website to see additional photos of my family         https://morselsofmercy.wordpress.com

**  Blog photo of sand castles, ocean & Cole were taken at Bethany Beach on August 3, 2011.

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