From the time I was an infant, my mom always used to sing me to sleep. It was always one of the most comforting, soothing things in life. She had a regular rotation of songs she'd sing, and to this day, whenever I hear any of them, I am instantly transported back to laying in the comfort of my parents' big bed with my little brother by my side, mom on one side, dad on the other, listening to her lull us to sleep.
Two of my favorites were Amy Grant's 'Father's Eyes' and the old hymn 'I Come to the Garden Alone'.
On Saturday mornings, when I was little, my mom or dad used to get up and turn on (and turn up) one of their favorite old records or CD's - usually Amy Grant, the Eagles, or James Taylor - while we would all clean up the house together, or cook together, or just do regular "Saturday" things, haha. I didn't realize until I was older ,and it had been years since I'd heard those songs echoing through the house on a Saturday morning, how much that music tied me to those memories.
This year, for my 25th birthday, my mom bought tickets for she and I to sit on the 13th row at Amy Grant's Fort Worth show last Friday. It was one of the best gifts I've ever had. Since I grew up with mom singing Amy's songs to me, I had no choice but to fall in love with her music. I know most of her older albums better than the newer ones, and they all have a strong emotional tie to my childhood.
All that to say, when my mom and I went to the Amy Grant 'Lead Me On' 20th Anniversary concert at Will Rogers last weekend, I was pretty excited.
When Amy came to the stage to open the show, she walked over and picked up her acoustic guitar, and began to play 'Father's Eyes' to kick everything off in a soft, slow, easy way. It may have been my favorite part of the show already, and it was the first song. How special to be sitting with my mom and hearing Amy Grant herself sing what was one of my favorite lullabies!
I'm so thankful for music, and for the way it connects people, and the way it connects me to my Heavenly Father.
It was a night I'll not soon forget.