So Much More than a Spring Program…
I had the privilege of attending our McAlder campus’ Spring performances this last week and was blessed beyond measure. Normally, I would have captured more photos. Instead, I found myself being present in the moment and captivated by so many different things, and I knew I had to pay close attention for what was in store. The performances themselves were exciting and fun to watch. Without a doubt, your children performed with such confidence, and they delivered the gospel in such a way that all were touched I am sure… but there was so much more.
The first thing I noticed was two little girls (KPrep students) dancing in the aisles. They were mimicking the dance moves of our performers on stage, and God reminded me that the kids up there are leaders! He also allowed me to see how impressionable our youth is, and how hungry they are to learn. This challenged me to ask myself what I am personally doing (daily) to contribute to those desires. What a beautiful truth they are learning here in their own community right? “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Second, I saw talent it brought me to tears. Seriously, I had no idea some of these kids had the gifts that they do. I was reminded of His promises in 1 Corinthians 12. These children are gaining ground for the Kingdom. He has already chosen them to deliver the good news, equipped them with the talents and tools they will need, and is stirring enthusiasm within them to be bold in their own creative ways. Our children are chosen! The immensity of that alone is so wonderful right?
Third, I saw honoring. I saw a community honoring one another in love and serving with such joy. I was also touched by the fact that we were able to honor Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson for their many years of service and vision. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” (Romans 12:10)
Last but not least (trust me I could go on and on), was the call to prayer by Mr. Lorenz.
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1-3) He asked the community if they needed prayer for anything and called us to stand together in prayer for each other. We lifted the hurt, the sick, our marriages, our families. We stood together. I saw tears. I saw hands go up asking for what only God can give. I was humbled and so deeply moved.
What an evening. I had no idea of just how blessed I would be from the back row. Thank you McAlder campus and all our amazing families and staff for being the hands and feet of our King!