Monday is the strangest day of the week for me. I kind of suffer a little let down after building up to wonderful services on Sunday. I usually begin the ritual of closing the chapter of one celebration to look forward to another, but this week is a little different. My family is going on a small vacation. We are going to New York.
In addition to seeing a few shows, all focus will be on my oldest son. On behalf of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, he will sing immediately after the musical Chicago on the stage. That’s right, my son is making his Broadway debut! We are absolutely thrilled to share this moment together.
Someone asked me if I would get up on the stage with him and I responded, “No. This is my son’s night. All focus needs to be on him and his love of music.” While it will be difficult not to get up on the stage and join in, this is not my moment. It is his and we will respect that and honor that. I have heard him practicing, and I must say that he sounds wonderful.
I have known my son’s whole life that he is a musician. His love of singing is an incredible art unto itself. My wife recently posted a blog answering the question, “If you could only speak about the most important 30 seconds of your life, what would you say?” Her response was the moment my oldest son was born and they placed him on her chest. She knew in that moment that he had transformed her life and that love itself had a completely new definition in her eyes.
My answer to the question would be in the same room. After I cut my son’s umbilical cord I held him and walked him over to the warming table in the room. As I was walking he was screaming in my arms. I began to sing to him a song that sang just about every night that he was in the womb. He stopped crying, looked around, and in that moment I knew that music was to be an important part of his life. We would share the most incredible love that I have ever known. The gift of music. I have enjoyed the melodic journey ever since.
So, this week my entries will be filled with moments in the “City” and great times with family. I have already said that no matter how cold it gets, we will not let it spoil our fun. We are prepared to be hard core travelers. Thanks be to God for the times when we can take a moment to share together the joys and passions that direct our lives.