Tonight was hard to describe… Maybe impacting would be a good way, maybe inspiring another? I don’t know. All I can say is my tears came so quickly I couldn’t fight them.
People shared their hearts… shared their tragedies… their stories.. fears and pain. Finally, people were able to break down all of the walls that were surrounding them for so long and be completely vulnerable with others.
Tonight was where healing began for so many people.
The coffee house was called “Healing for Haiti,” and though the main focus was on Haiti, it became so much more than that. The night was broken up in to four stages of tragedy. The first was the actual moment tragedy struck, for Haiti, the earthquake. Then came the day after stage. It represented that moment where the reality of what just happened sets in. The third, is where you are not dead but not alive. Where it seems everyone else in the world has moved on… but you are still facing the tragedy each day. And then finally, the healing stage.
Through each stage, others shared some of their own life experiences and what they felt like during that particular stage of their tragedy. It was pretty incredible.
Honestly, it was beautiful. The best part was how everyone joined in one giant embrace praising God at the end.
I am probably not making any sense at this point. It is almost midnight and I am still super emotional. But, I do know that tonight was good for me. It was good for everyone there. It taught us how important it is to be real with others. To really have community and fellowship. That’s how God intended relationships to be. So, if you are going through something right now… if you have a struggle… please share. Please go to God, go to those who surround you. That is where the healing will begin.
Tenth Ave comes out with a CD in just a couple weeks. There is a song on it called “Healing Begins.” The song describes really what we experienced tonight.
Here are the lyrics. You should read them.
And a few shots I snapped tonight. I hope this encourages you.