There is so much joy to be found in watching 100 kindergarteners sing: ”Praise Ye The Lord, Hallelujah!”
With the girls standing up on “Praise Ye The Lord” and the boys to “Hallelujah”.
Their eyes full of love and joy.
Few in this group know what poverty is
Many…attend a private school, some public and a few homeschool
All in all, they are children living in homes that are full of laughter
some homes are a little broken
all are full of sinners
Yet these children jump for joy and lose their abandon while praising and loving
They aren’t on key
Many are not standing when they should
Their giggles and laughter fill my heart….and pull me back to that place as a child.
Before sorrows and hurts began to pile up and the Father of Lies began to show me a life that might be better without the freedom found in surrendering my life. Always trying to show me…that there might be an easier way.
These children…so full of life.
And…just as quickly as our time together begins…it ends
and I walk away..with a sweaty little boy, hungry for the arms of his Daddy to hold him in big people church.
His big sister, my little girl with a heart so big you could step on it from the other side of the world…smiles and laughs with me. She has been my helper…growing me and loving me.
She walks off alone.
She smiles and winks…going her own way, by herself.
Daddy arrives…I never see the big guy. He attended big church with Daddy. Two men…growing together. The big guy…already on his way to meet with his group….
We sit, stand, sing praise, share notes…and listen to our Pastor.
The little guy…on the floor, the chair, standing, sitting….
Then, the table…and I remember the morning…the praising…the jumping and I hear the words…in my mind..
2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
What an amazing gift: to be a parent. Either through birth or adoption.
It is National Adoption Month….if you are or have adopted…Thank you! We can not, but pray and support many who do in ways that we can….and pray God will give us the ability to do more in the future!
Be blessed…grab those sweaty little hands and sing…praise and worship.
On the way home, after church…the singing began. I looked back and saw his face…so full of joy and happiness… his older siblings joined in…and for a moment…we were all children again…singing and praising…as truly only a child can do!
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