Today’s guest blogger is Katherine Purdy. Katherine just finished her freshman year at Bethany and majors in Art.
It’s hard to describe a day with one word, but I think for today I would use the word warmth… for many reasons.
First of all, it is “unseasonably warm” for this time of year, so it’s warm outside, but the warmth I’m trying to describe is more internal. The first stop this morning was the Castle Church.
Walking in and seeing a beautiful cathedral with so much history made that early wake up call so very worth it. Trailing up the spiral staircase and then praising together brought smiles to faces and tears to eyes. Singing with the group gave me an inner warmth that spread from my chest all the way to my fingers and toes. The service was in German, but seeing first hand that even though we may be foreign and from a different place, we are all connected in worship to our God.
Wittenburg had a warm and bubbly vibe. Traveling down the streets, seeing amazing architecture and scenery…it made me never want to leave. Many of us got to try Schnitzel and gelato for the first time, both extremely delicious and we finished off our time in the town in a flower filled town square.
Once back in Leipzig, we had some down time to relax, which I’ve found is a good time to laugh and bond with your roommates. We prepared for the next concert at the St. Thomas church. It was also absolutely stunning and the first cutoff of one of our chords took my breath away… and then so did every cutoff after. It’s hard to sing tall vowels when you’re grinning from ear to ear. It was emotional and again, filled me with a warmth that I’m assuming is just love for music, God, and my fellow choir members. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the echo of our praise in that beautiful hall.