This year, Christmas brought snow to Alpharetta, GA. A white Christmas (mostly)!! My 6 year old son very much enjoyed the snowball fight with his dad out in the front yard. Unfortunately my wife was still sick, and wasn't able to enjoy it Tonsillitis makes it difficult to enjoy most things, it turns out. We had actually opened presents about a week ago in preparation for a trip we were planning which ultimately had to be canceled. So having spent some time with my gifts now, I thought I would brag on a couple of them. I love all of my gifts of course, but there are two that I am especially excited about:
Gift #1: the Word of Promise Audio Bible (New Testament)
I have been wanting one of these ever since I saw it in the Christian bookstore. This is actually not just a Bible where someone sits and reads the text. This is a dramatic rendition, where actors and actresses play various characters who speak in the Bible. Examples are Marisa Tomei as Mary Magdalene, Stacy Keach as Paul, Luke Perry as Stephen, Ernie Hudson as Peter, Louis Gossett, Jr. as John, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Mary (Jesus’ mother). I really like Lou Diamond Phillips as Mark as well. And of course Jim Caviezel reprises the role of Jesus. This comes complete with sound effects, crowd noises, etc. According to the bonus DVD which has cast and crew interviews, their goal was feature film quality audio to actually put you there in the scene. It’s great for those of us with long commutes who want to experience the Bible in a completely different way.
Gift #2: Two tickets to a “sing along” performance of the Messiah (and sheet music to go with it)
When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to have learned and performed two of the choruses from the Messiah (“Hallelujah” and “For Unto Us a Child Is Born”). In addition, I had also had exposure two a couple other choruses I didn’t even know were part of the Messiah. So earlier this month, I was able to enjoy singing the Messiah with at least 1000 other voices. It was a great experience. Michelle and I are currently negotiating to make this an annual event.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday. May God bless all of you and your families during this time of celebration.