We had a great time in St. Paul today, and a big part of that for me was that we didn't have to walk outside! Don't get me wrong - traveling to the Upper Midwest at this time of year has helped put us in the Christmas spirit. But I don't think we're quite cut out for this level of cold!
With it being the last day of the run, and with everything being pretty well dialed in from a technical standpoint, we were able to relax a bit today. Scotty and Brian Bunn went to a music store. David took the plunge and went to Mall of America. Tai found a local gym and worked out. Beyond that, it was football, football, football. The college bowl season is one of my favorite events in all of sports. Today was the day where we saw the bowl picture sort itself out, and it was a lot of fun to watch.
We did a short meet and greet alongside Michael W. Smith. It has really been a blast being able to share the stage with Smitty and his band over the last few days. Those folks are the real deal, and they put on an amazing Christmas show! If you live in a town where they're playing this year, you should get out and see them. It's a really great experience.
Speaking of experience, tonight was an unbelievable great one for us. The crowd seemed amped up and ready to celebrate almost from the downbeat of the first song. One thing that struck me more than anything was how loud they sang. The Christmas songs went over well tonight, as did classics like Cry Out to Jesus and new songs like Kicking and Screaming.
One image from tonight I will take with me for a long time. During I Need a Miracle, the entire crowd was seated, except for this one man. This one man was standing right in the middle of the audience, with eyes closed and both his arms raised up to heaven. I have obviously seen people do this before, and honestly a lot of times it has a "look at me" kind of feel to it. But something about this man's actions felt genuine. I know I was moved by it, and talked to a couple other guys after and they felt the same way I did. It's moments like that which make me love my job! We get to make music for a living. But it's not just any old music. It's music that - hopefully - God uses as a tool to draw people to himself. It's during those times that we just have to get out of the way and let God do his thing!
Well, that wraps up this little "Christmas tour". We've had a wonderful time! So from all of us, to all of you, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!