Those of us who were lucky enough to be at the Wynonna Judd show last Thursday at the Opera House were witness to more than just a fabulous show.
We were a part of a personal journey by Wynonna as she suffered a “holiday moment.” How many of us have had a moment during the holidays when we try to please so much that we become tired, stressed, and physically ill? I call these, “holiday moments.”
The good thing about Wynonna’s holiday moment is that the audience saw more than a show by a famous artist. We had a glimpse within Wynonna’s soul that caused each of us to ponder times when we ourselves have had such moments. Because of this, there was an outpouring of grace from everyone.
All the women in the audience were there with Wynonna in spirit, as we saw our daughters, our friends, and ourselves in her place. All of the men in the audience also showed their empathy and sympathy toward this damsel in distress; because of course, this is what Southern men do.
The loveliest thing about the evening was the magical silence as she was escorted from the stage.
Then a miracle happened; she came back again. I’m sure this was because during that silence of the audience, there were so many positive thoughts and prayers being offered for her that she was empowered to return to the stage to give us a show we wouldn’t forget.
Thank you citizens of Newberry for rising positively to the occasion; exemplifying true love, respect and sympathy to a great star; and most of all, showing that our town is full of the most gracious people on Earth. And yes Wynonna: there is a Santa Claus and his spirit lives here in Newberry.
Constance Clark Rinehart