The week before Easter some folks from Faith Community Church helped with a project called Prague Reads the Bible. Sasha Flek, the pastor of a local Czech church plant we like to work with headed up a team that came out with a new Czech translation of Scripture last year. This year, as part of a push to draw attention to the project, they organized public readings of Scripture all over the city.
So one Wednesday afternoon, I headed to one of the town squares, guitar in hand (at Sasha’s request) and uncertain of what would happen. Sasha explained that there was a VIP coming to take a reading shift around 5, so he wanted me to play for a few minutes before then to gather attention.
So as I’m getting nervous about this whole thing, an important-looking person in a suit walks up– no entourage or anything– and a soft hubbub comes over the crowd. This is the guy I was supposed to be the warmup act for. Looks like I’m off the hook.
He reads for a while, then a couple more people. (Turns out he’s a candidate for Premier or some similar office.) Then, just before I can fade into the background, Sasha asks me if I can play. Well, all right then.
So here I am, playing and singing “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”– in English– as part of a celebration of a Czech translation of Scripture. You’ll also note that I’m wearing my raincoat, because it was rainy and frigid, and my computer bag, because it’s not a good idea to set that down. What you can’t tell is that I had the music open on my phone in front of me, and was tapping the screen between verses to keep it from turning off. It’s a wonder that revival didn’t break out right there.
On the way back to the metro, I ran into this gentleman trying to solicit customers for his casino. I’m not much of a gambler, but even if I were I’m not sure the ostrich would be a selling point for me.
On the metro I was next to these lovebirds (Yes, I pretended to be texting while taking this picture. And yes, they were… ah… affectionating long enough for me to see, laugh to myself, consider taking a picture, take out the phone, and take the picture.)
Oh yeah, and this happened. God bless the USA.