Have you had a faith encounter recently?
We live in a culture that doesn't encourage people to talk about faith, or act on it, outside of church. So, it is possible to go days without encountering people, places, or things that cause us to think of God. In periods like this, we are "flying solo" in our faith, completely relying on our own resources to keep faith alive. On the other hand, occasional encounters with other faithful people can really help us to strengthen our own faith. This effect is so consequential that it pays us to seek out friends and colleagues who believe.
Sheila and I had a delightful faith encounter last week. We went with friends to see The Piano Guys in concert at McCaw Hall. They're a couple of fellows from Utah. One plays piano, and the other cello. We know their music. First heard of them when Laura was taking piano lessons. The music was great, and the bonus was ... they talked about their faith. They joked about being Mormon dads who collect children. They talked about the long chain of unlikely events that had to happen for them to succeed at playing music, and they thanked God. And the audience applauded.
Well, these guys are known for musical mashups, arrangements of modern pop music combined with something classical or traditional. Here are two I think you'll enjoy: Search YouTube for "Piano Guys Gabriel's Oboe", a mashup with How Great Thou Art, and "Piano Guys Fight Song", which pulls in Amazing Grace. Listen. More than once. Then give thanks to God for beautiful music, and the long chain of unlikely events that brought you where you are today.