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