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I’m Holding Out My Hand

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More than anything in this life, I hope that my friends – who I love so dearly – will come to understand how much more God loves them than even I do. It may be an unpopular opinion to believe that (1) there is a God and (2) He loves not only me, but everyone I hold dear to my heart and (3) He wants to love us for eternity so he literally sent someone to give us a way to reach Him and believe in His reality. Sure, I can see how it seems like a stretch. And, I know it’s so easy to get caught up in all the confusion that religion and science and popular opinion provide by screaming at us from all directions, pleading for us to figure everything out on our own about our existence and origin and future and how to raise our children, etc. But, I’ve come to understand that God doesn’t need to scream at us or plead. He has provided an answer for all life’s questions and concerns and confusing moments. He has provided a way to save us when we land at rock-bottom physically, mentally, emotionally. When we least expect it, he whispers. And when we finally hear what he has to say, the truth seems so clear. Faith in something greater than myself – a greater purpose, a greater calling, a greater peace, a greater understanding and acceptance – is revealed in the quiet moments when His whisper is the loudest voice in the room. All other voices drown out and this overwhelming sense of “knowing” becomes apparent and faith becomes so easy because I can simply give up all control, all worries, all self-doubt and struggle and just believe that I am loved and protected. I want – seriously, more than anything I could ask for during my lifetime – my friends to know the knee-buckling peace that comes with understanding that God loves them fully and completely with no strings…despite its being an unpopular opinion.

Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.”

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Live Theater Production: Les Miserables!

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Live Theater Production: Les Miserables!

“Les Miserables” – a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Jim Weisman. With a riveting score and a memorable story, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece is brought to life as ex-convict Jean Valjean, who becomes a force for good in the world, cannot escape his criminal past.

Couple weekends ago, I went to the Fredericksburg Theater Company’s live production of Les Miserables. I LOVE this musical and the book by Victor Hugo from which the story originated. I had seen the film versions of Les Mis, and honestly, had some very high expectations when arriving at the theater on opening night. The atmosphere of the tiny local theater is modern and comfortable. They served us local wine (which unfortunately was not good) and a selection of hors d’oeuvres including bacon wrapped asparagus and bite-sized cake delights at intermission. My high expectations of the event and production were tapered with the knowledge that this was only a local play with local, volunteer thespians. I knew there would be quirks that stemmed from a lack of professionalism in some manner, but what I did not expect was to be blown off my feet by the talent that walked out on stage. I feel ashamed, honestly, of the low standard that I immediately placed on the production. Each scene was phenomenal with actors whose voices exploded on stage and captured the entire audience. I was left with goosebumps after numerous solos, and have not regretted purchasing my ticket for opening night since. Here are some pics from opening night. “Les Miserables”, a musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Jim Weisman. With a riveting score and a memorable story, Victor Hugo’s masterpiece is brought to life, as ex-convict Jean Valjean, who becomes a force for good in the world, cannot escape his criminal past.” Take a chance at browsing their website [ www.fredericksburgtheater.org ] to find future shows (I hear they will be having auditions for Fiddler on the Roof soon!), and getting your ticket in advance. It won’t be a waste of money and you will discover a secret world of talented locals with voices to share with the world. Enjoy!

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Pierre works as a chef at a bbq dive called Cranky Franks in Fredericksburg. He is well-known in the local theater world and was caste as the lead for Jean Valjean! Vocals were outstanding and robust. Enjoyed every moment he was on stage.