American Couple in Paris “Blown Away” by French Crowds Singing “Oh, Happy Day! When Jesus Washed My Sins Away” After Presidential Election
“God’s plan is for good, for a future and a hope, and tonightwas just given a ‘new lease on life.’ To see the nation dancing on the Place de la Concorde and singing that song! I stand in awe—and joy.”
Robert & Cynthia Carefoot/TN (May 11th, 2007)
Francine Lovell, subscriber to La Liste d’Elie—the French version of The Elijah List—shared a report on the recent French election by an American Christian couple living and ministering in.
The couple, Robert and Cynthia Carefoot, wrote:
Tonight I sit in front of my television, here in, in total amazement. , the Conservative candidate for French President, has just won the election…We were awed by his simple victory. [It was] followed by jubilation in the streets and a fabulous concert celebration on the Place de la Concorde (the famous square at the heart of in front of the ). At one point in the evening, on the platform with Sarkozy, a number of popular singers (including immigrants and “descendants of immigration”) showed their excitement by singing renditions of patriotic songs inserting his name into the words, expressing their love for their nation and their appreciation for the chance for success that has given them (so parallel to America).
One of them, to celebrate French/American friendship started up “Oh, Happy Day!” substituting other words like “when Nicolas was born,” or “when he came,” etc.
But then a “real” Black Gospel singer took up the microphone and began singing loud and clear “When Jesus washed, He washed my sins away!” The whole crowd (around 30,000 people jamming the square) began to sing along, “Oh, Happy Day! When Jesus washed my sins away.”
I was blown away! I had a profound sense thathad just been spared something terrible. A powerful sense of grace filled my heart…You will probably see in the media pictures of young people burning cars on the town squares of in protest over this election, but you may not see the throngs of young people at his campaign demonstrations, or at the celebration tonight…God’s plan is for good, for a future and a hope, and tonight was just given a “new lease on life.” To see the nation dancing on the Place de la Concorde and singing that song! I stand in awe—and joy.