The 2017 Winter Jam Tour was a powerful and memorable experience for those of all ages who attended. Thousands of people filled into the PNC Arena and upon entering the building, Christ’s presence was already strong and persisted throughout the night. Newsong band members hosted the show, spreading the excitement and anticipation of what was to come. Every musician and speaker who took the stage made a lasting impression on the audience; the next was better than the last. It was a pleasant surprise to see the great number of young people in the audience, some as young as 5 years-old.
The energy in the room was palpable as twelve acts performed; three of whom performed a ‘pre-jam’ before the official start of the concert. Those who resonated with me were Newsong, Colton Dixon, Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo, Sadie Robertson, and Britt Nicole. I felt an overarching message throughout the course of the evening. Even though God is always there for us and loves us unconditionally, he points us to ou legacy in the world. Sadie Robertson spoke about David and Goliath and the meaning of what it is to be a champion or leave a legacy. Champions wins and only wins for themselves. A legacy makes a difference in the world and will leaves something behind for future generations. I began to think about how many of us are living as champions and are only in it to win, which can apply to so many aspects of life. However, after our earthly time is up, all we really leave behind is our memory. We should all strive to be a legacy because God has a plan for each and every one of us.
In-between songs, Britt Nicole left her bible at her feet during her set where she continually went back to reference meaningful verses to connect to the concert. It was raw but genuine and contributed to the whole of the Arena being lifted in faith and love. The musicians each had a story to tell about their experiences on the tour within the last 10 days. They told stories of young teenagers accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, stories of people who struggled financially only to be supported by their church or fellowship community, as well as stories of sponsorship for children in other countries. What I loved about the Winter Jam Tour was the passion and peace it brought to me and my ability to leave it ready to spread the word of God with my loved ones and close friends. God led me to go and enjoy it that night with a great group of people. I can’t wait to attend again next year!