Grace Michaelson

LifeLight Festival


Every Labor Day weekend here in South Dakota thousands of Christians get together for a free Christian music festival.  It’s a chance to see some of our favorite Christian musicians.  For instance, this year we have, so far, been entertained by Mandisa, Remedy Drive, Sanctus Real, Rend Collective, and Red.  Tonight we see Michael W. Smith, Lecrae, and many more of our favorites.  I think we take this festival for granted.  It’s free, but it costs LifeLight a lot of money.  I have never lived anywhere else that allows for this type of gathering without protest of some kind.  Truly amazing experience.

As I was in the mosh pit worshipping the Lord during Rend Collective’s performance, I was struck by all the people around me who profess to be Christians and who were singing along to their music.  It was a beautiful experience to be surrounded by so many people worshipping the God that I serve.  How many are going to go on there way and truly serve God throughout the week, I don’t really know, but at that very moment, we numbered in the thousands worshipping the God of the Universe, praising His Name.  Yet, I was acutely aware that God saw ME in that crowd and was honed in on MY worship.  It was an amazing experience.

The theme of this year’s LifeLight seems to be “Overcoming”–not through our own strength–through the blood of Jesus Christ or Savior.  He is the great Overcomer.  He saves, He heals, He overcomes adversity, and He is in control.  For me this theme is precious during a time when I don’t feel very much in control.  I’ve been struggling with my OCD and with some past experiences.  I’m trying to stretch and grow and allow God to heal. So to go to LifeLight and hear this theme has been truly encouraging.

At first, I must confess, I was disappointed this year by LifeLight.  They didn’t have as many concerts and not as many vendors have come this year.  I thought it was going to be a boring year.  However, the quantity may be low, but the quality of concerts this year has been superb, and for that I am so thankful.  God has been at work.

I want to end with a lyric from one of the Rend Collective songs that touched me the most:

No greater name, no higher name
No stronger name than Jesus
You overcame, broke every chain
Forever reign, King Jesus

Every giant will fall, the mountains will move
Every chain of the past, You’ve broken in two
Over fear, over lies, we’re singing the truth
That nothing is impossible

~The Rend Collective

101 Dalmatians and Look-A-Like Vehicles


Do any of you remember 101 Dalmatians?  I was sitting in my car today, I must confess eating a Costco Combo Pizza and drinking a Pepsi, and watching people going to and from their cars.  I was eating there because I was trying not to be late to my next errand, however, today I was glued to my car, something that seems to becoming more and more of a tendency in my life.

I was suddenly reminded of 101 Dalmatians today and the scene in the park where you watch different dog owners and get to laugh at how each of the dog owners have morphed into looking just like their dogs.  As I watched the car owners go to the cars that they belong to I was oddly aware that they look just like their cars.  Now, I must confess that my humor and creativity is on the warped side of things, so what looks like one thing to me, probably doesn’t look like that to someone else.  However, I watched an outdoorsy kind of man walk across Costco’s parking lot and step into a four door Ford Truck.  Ha!  There was a Mom wearing 3/4 jeans and a stylish relaxed fit blouse, followed around by a couple of teens or maybe a tween- wasn’t sure he could have been 12- and they followed her right up to a perfectly matched SUV.  So, you get the picture.

I wondered at that moment if I looked like my car.  I was actually driving my husband’s SUV.  This summer, all three of my teens have jobs and we only have two cars and only one teen driver.  I’m hoping my middle son will be driving soon, but that doesn’t help with the car problem.  So that explains that constant occupation of my backside in the driver’s seat.  It seems that in this age, we’ve replaced walks in the park with our dogs with races down main street in our look-a-like vehicles rushing to get our children and family’s to their many assorted activities, and cramming our individual errands into spare time in-between.  Yesterday, I’m ashamed to say, I burned through 1/2 a gallon of gas, and I don’t even live in a big town!  We just have a busy family of three teens with three jobs, a husband who has to get to work, and then their’s my own freelance writing business that’s starting hopefully to take off.  Thankfully, I can get inspiration for my blog in interesting places like Costco’s parking lot, watching interesting people get into their interesting look-a-like vehicles before they are off to their next hopefully interesting errand.  Life! What a fascinating portfolio to write about!

Time to turn the key in the ignition.  We’re off to the races!