In the fall of 2005 I was a senior in high school and involved with FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) at my school. We would meet once a month in our auditorium for about 45 minutes. I still remember that at these meetings is where I truly learned how to pray with music. I remember “Tell the World” by Hillsong was the first song that I really recognized I was praying rather than singing. I had been on plenty of retreats and conferences throughout high school before I started going to these meetings, but I had never experienced worship like this before. I think I was starting to recognize that my faith was about a relationship rather than how much I know, which was a real struggle for me having friends that could spit out bible verse like no other. That year was an exciting time in my life. It really jump started my relationship with the Lord and I am so thankful for being blessed to be a part of FCA in high school.
Recently, I was reminded of this time in my life when I went to a Gungor concert that my friends, Bellarive, opened for. The crazy thing about Bellarive is the lead singer, Sean, was the one leading worship at FCA when we were seniors. So, being at the concert reminded me of that time when my relationship with the Lord was jump started. That was seven years ago when that moment happened. So much has happened in my life since that moment. I didn’t think I would be living in the mountains of Georgia as a missionary or had grown as much as I have in my relationship with the Lord. Sean and I were talking after the show just about what worship is about. We both were in agreement that it’s about leading you back to the Lord. I’m very thankful for understanding that concept and, that when I’m praising & worshiping, I’m not singing a song, but praying a prayer. And being Catholic, I feel blessed that this form of prayer has helped bring me into a deeper understanding and relationship with the Blessed Sacrament. Seven years ago when I first learned what praise & worship was with a bunch of non-catholics I could have never imagined that it would have brought me into such a deep relationship with the Blessed Sacrament. And now, I’m loving to be in silence with the Lord for a hour on a daily basis… All because of that moment seven years ago at FCA.
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