Let's All Say It Together - London = Wow!
We're less than 24 hours away from a brilliant night here in the heart of west London and the whole thing is still powerfully reverberating in our hearts. The more we think back on it, the wider our smiles. Almost 3000 university-aged young people amplifying the name of Jesus over this city was -- wow. I know, wow is not really and adjective, but sometimes you just have to step back and say, "You know what, I am a bit overwhelmed in this moment and all I can really say to sum things up is WOW!" When words fail, and trust me, they will for anyone who has been on the first leg of this tour (the post-Passion dilemma), you just have to smile and say -- wow. The pics are stunningly beautiful, but they can't quite do it justice. My words are meager, and even if I could write all night it wouldn't really matter. To fully grasp the moment you really have to stand in the room when those first big words of the opening video say "HELLO LONDON" and feel the entire atmosphere in the room change in an instant as individuals are melded into a massive collective and thousands of single hearts start beating as one. The Kingdom of God becomes more than a theological idea, and supernaturally something even greater than crowd dynamics transforms a moment and galvanizes faith. You know right then that there is a risen Savior and that He is constructing a community of Believers around the globe and empowering them by His Spirit to light up the world. London was bright last night, and as the last image portrays, a wave of His sons and daughters are trickling back into the city and the nation (the nations) carrying fresh vision in changed hearts. I know I am. For those of you around the world who are linked to this adventure, please know that you walked with us every step of the way and will go with us to Manila in coming weeks as we begin again. I'm guessing many of you, like me, are somewhat attached to the journey and wondering what you will do when the images and blogs stop. Well, for one, we will try to NOT have an abrupt ending...thus the post tonight! But in the end, we each have to turn our eyes to the circumstances God has placed us in and be the change we hope to see in the world.
London, we love you so much and will hold this night in our hearts forever!
PS-London, you gave $18,320 to help us do this in Manila on August 1. Again, wow.