Well here I am almost a week removed from the Nashville NYWC and I had a very profound and meannothing at all to do with large crowds or loud music. While I do love those things and am able to find God in them sometimes, I was in a small country church tonight. Part of my job involves going around to churches and sometimes preaching. I preached this morning at this same church. I preached about the birth of John the Baptist and how we need to remeber his birth because it points to the birth of CHrist. And that we need to be like John the Baptist and be pointing people to Christ. But tonight I went back to give one of my canned messages that I have devloped. We sang one song from the high tech hymnals and then the deacon got up front and asked if there was any special music. What proceeded to happen was at the same time excrutiating and wonderful. People who in a normal church would not be allowed anywhere near the mic because that had the pitch and tome of an alley cat , were allowed to come up front and sing from their hearts to the God that had loved them and who cared for them. I was truly blessed by these people who humbled themselves to share with others what God was doing in their life. Now I can not say that when they started singing that I was excited. As a matter of fact I was extremely scared and annoyed. How dare these people who could not sing get up front and asssail my ear drums with this horrible screaching. Then a thought came to my mind. It was almost as if i heard someone saying "these people are doing what I commended them to do. they are making a joyful noise to the Lord. Who are you to question them." All of a sudden I was overcoem with joy and wonder at what God was doing in this people. I almost just ended the service when the last person was done but then I was getting paid to preach. I felt guilty about bringing some canned message but then my Sunday nap would have been interruppeted my finalizing my evening sermon and I would not have been able o twatch football. All of this brings me back to the fact that wneh it is all said and done i am still just a sinner who has been saved by grace. Thankfully God's grace knows no end.