Jesus our Messiah loved everyone. But he loved and appreciated children most of all. At least it looks like he did, given the gospel accounts of his ministry.
He would be so proud of what happened last night.
What Happened Last Night?
Our Children’s Ministry put on their annual Christmas musical. It was a wonderful performance, a huge success, and bigger and better than ever.
- 20 pre-school kids
- 63 grade-school kids
- 6 kids working back stage
- 3 kids assisting with sound, lights, & cameras
- Maybe 100 kids were involved.
- The largest crowd ever: 750
Those numbers represent what could be seen. But the real value wasn’t measured by counting the children, but in how each child counted.
The Untold Stories
There were children afraid to be in the spotlight, but they stepped up anyway. There were children with a speaking role who were so nervous, but they did great. And there were children who wanted to be involved but didn’t want to be on stage. There was a place for them too, helping with props, the fog machine, and in the AV booth. Every child who wanted to be involved was involved. Why? Because every child counts, each one matters.
I saw parents getting emotional because their child had a break through moment. I saw grand-parents crying over a grandchild they brought to weekly rehearsal, or twice a week, for months.
The Gifted Kids
Sure, there were confident, talented kids on stage, and the program was all the better for their involvement. But they worked just as hard, made the same commitment, and still had to earn their parts.
It wasn’t a night just for stars to shine. In one way or another, every child contributed to the beauty and brilliance of the musical. Why? Because every child matters.
The musical was about the angels learning of God’s plan to send his son to be born. They learned that the Father would send them to share the news with Joseph, and the shepherds, and that they would sing at his birth, especially one special angel. It was marvelous.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone all around them, and they were much afraid. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today, in the town of David, a savior has been born to you, he is Christ the Lord.’”
Thank you Janel and Melissa, and your fabulous team, for your cat-herding patience, your endless days of preparation, and for your constant dedication. You blessed us all.
And thank you for honoring the value of every child.
Jesus is so proud of you.