When I heard a few days ago that 107.5 Alive was bringing Mark Smeby-The Live Hope Tour to Phoebe Ministries, which is located next to my office, I was ecstatic. The radio station is located in Boyertown and a lot of the free concerts are in Churches in their area. Since I don't drive well at night I don't like to go to areas that I am not familiar with, but this was right next door!
I went home about two days before and told Parke that I planned on going to this concert and he said he would go to, which was a delightful surprise. I didn't think Parke would be interested at all.
|Mark Smeby coming down to the people|
We put our chairs behind some of the residents that had been wheeled out to hear the concert. The scene reminded me of church - no one was sitting in the front seats, just like no one sits in the front pews.
I was sitting, waiting for the concert to start when this handsome gentleman came over and said "Hi, I am Mark, what's your name?" It took five seconds for me to realize that this was the man I was coming to hear, I was in awe, slightly shocked. I mean who takes the time to say Hi to his audience. Well, Mark Smeby did. He went over to Parke and asked him his name. Now Parke does have an unusual name so I said Mark - Parke - Parke - Mark. And onward he went - stopping to say hi and chatting with people.
Then it was showtime. I cannot express to you in words how much I enjoyed his show. His songs, the music, so uplifting. He urged us to sing along with some of the hymns, So I sang, I swayed, I even lit up my phone app and held it up during the last song "Pilgrim Man". He made us laugh, he made us think, and he made me feel blessed. The best part though, I think Parke felt it to.
After the show Parke wanted to go over to say how much he enjoyed the show. (Yes, my friends who read this "PARKE" wanted to go over to him) I counted this as a small miracle. Thank you God.
Mark Smeby currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, if you want to check him out, and where he will be his website is http://marksmeby.com
|Mark and Me|
Seriously though, if you ever get the opportunity to be blessed by seeing Mark Smeby, go! He does not disappoint.
Thank you Mark Smeby, thank you John Yoast, and thank
you 107.5 Alive for making it all possible.
And, last but not least, thank you God, for Another day in Catasauqua.