Sunday, February 26, 2006

My birthday..Sort Of, David Crowder/Third Day Concert and Dan

Rachel suggested that we go out to DQ Friday night to celebrate her 14th and a half birthday...hey, it's as good an excuse as any. We used the same reasoning the next night to celebrate my 48th and a half birthday by going to dinner and then the Third Day/David Crowder concert at Target Center. Actually, the concert has been in our plans for a couple months. I was able to get out earlier in the day for a brisk ride in mid 20 degree temps so as not to feel too guilty when I over-ate at Chillies. Tammy's sister, Theresa, also went with us.

The concert had a 7pm start time so we wanted to be at the restaurant before 5:00 and before the crowds. We got seated right away and began to ruin our appetites with a basket of tortilla chips and dip. Fortunately our food came before we could actually do that.

We arrived at Target Center and parked in the ramp across the street on the 4th level...we wouldn't realize until later how big of a mistake that was. We had some time to kill before the concert so we went down and checked out our seats then came back up and perused the merchandise counters. Rachel was hoping to find a David Crowder poster but there weren't any. We scored some very nice seats on the floor in the 8th row.

The David Crowder Band came out promptly at 7pm and played an abbreviated version of the concert we'd seen them play a couple months earlier. I was hoping for a bit more stage time for them but they weren't the headline act so it wasn't to be. It was still a good set from them even though it was short. They played some of my favorites and my face had a smile the entire time so it's all good. Rescue is Coming

There was a 20 minute intermission between shows and the bass guitarist from Third Day came out to talk about a cause his band is supporting and looking for people to join them in their effort. They're working with World Vision to better the lives of suffering children in Africa and Uganda in particular. There was a short video of the desperate circumstances these children and their families are in. There were tables set up where you could view packets of children waiting to be sponsored. It was good to see a line several minutes long of people waiting to make a commitment in a child's life. We're sponsoring a girl from Indonesia and a girl from Tanzania and Tammy has been talking about sponsoring another. We worked our way to the front of the line and this boy's photo jumped out at me. His name is Dan. I told Tammy it would be nice if we could sponsor a boy and she agreed. We've been so blessed in our country that to not try and reach out to the suffering masses of the world is wrong...especially when sponsoring a child is made so easy. Our commitment really amounts to just a drop in the bucket but it's still a drop. I remember the story about a boy walking along a beach where thousands of starfish had washed up with the tide and they were dying in the hot sun. The boy would pick them up one at a time and throw them back into the ocean. A man came by and asked him what he was doing. He told him he was "trying to save the starfish." The man replied that what he was doing was a "waste of time." The boy picked up another starfish and as he threw it back into the ocean he said, "Not to this one." The same could be said of those who support desperately poor people in other parts of the world...that the problem is so overwhelming that there isn't really much guilt in not trying to do anything because it would only amount to an unnoticeable effort anyway. Depending upon which organization you decide to work through the monthly amount to sponsor a child can be as little as $20. It doesn't stop there though as there is also interaction with the child. I know that for us when we receive a letter from one of the children we sponsor there is always an excitement to open the letter and read it. Here's a link if you think this may be something you would like to become involved in. Please do.

Third Day took the stage and came out rocking. They played and eclectic mix of both old and new and some stuff they said they seldom ever play on stage. Tammy was happy to hear them play Consuming Fire. It's the song that first sparked her interest in them several years ago. They've got a great lead guitarist too (Brad Avery) and he was playing directly in front of us. The crowd was 7000 large and I think we all got our money's worth. When I was at concerts in my younger days people used to hold lighters in the air to show their appreciation in addition to their applause. There's a new angle on that today...instead of holding lighters they hold their cellphones up. It's a cool effect.

We hung around after the show so Rachel could get a Third Day poster and we figured we'd let the traffic clear out some before we got on the road. When we got to our car in the ramp we could see that it was going to be a bit of a wait. It was gridlock. Nobody was moving at all as I think they were clearing out the three levels of the garage below us before anybody on our level could exit. We waited half an hour before we backed out and played the game, "I Spy With My Little Eye". Find yourself in a traffic jam with us sometime and I'll show you how to play.

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