An Incredible Evening

Tonight was one of those evenings that you wish never had to end.  The family and I were taken in a chauffeured limousine to the Ambassador Theater in NYC to watch the musical Chicago.  We were taken on a very quick backstage tour before the performance and my son did a sound check with the musical director.  He was a part of the Make a Wish Foundation.  His wish was granted immediately after the show as he stood on the stage and sang a song for the cast.

Before the show we met the stage manager.  He was very kind and gave us a quick tour of the theater.  We couldn’t believe that the leads in the cast took the time right before the show to great us.  We had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Nettles, Carly Hughes, and several other cast members.  They were all incredibly gracious and very generous.

When it came time for Julian to sing, after the show, many of the cast members stayed to hear him sing.  Unknown to us, Carly Hughes sent a text to the composer who created the song Julian sang (Someone to Fall Back On, by Jason Robert Brown).  The composer of the song sent his apologies for not being present but sent his well wishes to my son (Did I mention on a Broadway stage?).  Mr. MacDonald did a wonderful job and I was taken back at his demeanor and willingness to follow through and not let nerves stand in his way.  After he finished singing the cast was supportive and wonderful.

I will say that my spirit was right there with him as he sang every note.  He was fulfilling a long time dream by standing on a Broadway stage and singing.  How incredible that few minutes were as he stood stage center, microphone in hand, and a spot light shining on him for good measure.  He was awesome as he simply stood there and sang.  What a moment!

My hope is that he may remember this moment and know that dreams are possible.  When we are bombarded by the busy-ness of life may we have moments to give us hope for the future.  We will face today with the hope that another moment might be around the corner.  After all, what is life without looking forward to the hope for tomorrow?  That is where our faith lies; the realization that hope will reign supreme in our lives.  May we all have “Broadway” moments in our lives to sustain us, comfort us, and give us a reason for the journey.  

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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