The Concert That Almost Didn't Happen (How I Fell In Love With Hillsong United)

I am rock fan. I used to say I would give up my life savings should U2 come to Manila for a concert. When I said that I only had 25,000 pesos (around USD 580) or in my savings account. The next group on my list is Cold Play. I am fascinated that Chris Martin married Gwyneth Paltrow. Imagine him singing to her every night.

I have this thing for men who sings and can play the guitar. Then God is funny, I ended up marrying a man who can sing, but instead of guitar, Jed plays the keyboard. My dear husband is a balladeer.

As my relationship with Christ deepens, I found myself listening more to praise music. While Jed listens to Don Moen, I listen to Casting Crowns and Hillsong United.

Then I heard Hillsong United would have a concert here in Bangkok. I immediately asked our friends from church to buy tickets for Jed and I (and possibly Javi.)

The weekend before the concert day, I still have no idea where the concert will be. Are we going to bring Javi with us? Would Jed be able to get out of work early?

I just know how much God wanted us to watch the concert when all of a sudden, our friends from church fixed everything else - we now have a ride to the concert venue, someone volunteered to look after Javi.

As the people were entering the concert venue, an announcement was made that the show might be cancelled due to electrical problems. The drummer had been electrocuted six times while the stage caught fire twice.

Now that was awfully scary. While I felt sad, I understood. I felt sorry for the person who had to give the announcement and for the concert producer. I was teasing our friends to think about what to buy when we refund the ticket.

We didn't leave the venue even after the announcement. We somehow had faith the concert will push through or that I would have a glimpse or the band members. Most people stayed and they even sang songs while waiting.

At almost 10 o'clock in the evening, the concert started. Who would've thought, right?

Here's a tweet from the drummer, Matt Crocker --

Nothing will ever stop us from praising God with our friends around the world...not even being electrocuted...hahaless than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply

It was worship in an absolutely different level! It was like watching U2 but much better as everyone was worshiping God. Before this concert, I had no idea my type of music can be made into praise/worship songs.

I even had a vision. I saw my little boy worshiping God the way Joel Houston does - singing and playing the guitar. There is this prophecy that Javi will grow up to be a worshiper.

Sharing with you my favorite Hillsong United song at the moment, From The Inside Out.

A thousand times I've failed

Still your mercy remains

Should I stumble again

Still I'm caught in your grace

Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades

Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame


Your will above all else

My purpose remains

The art of losing myself in bringing you praise

Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades

Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame


In my heart, in my soul

I give you control

Consume me from the inside out

Let justice and praise

Become my embrace

To love you from the inside out


Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades

Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame

And the cry of my heart is to bring you praise

From the inside out

Lord my soul cries out

Be blessed everyone!

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