During this week of Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how thankful I am that we have the freedom to join together in worship at our local churches. We take for granted that many people around the world are not permitted to join together and worship with other believers and followers of Jesus. It is against the law in many places around the world. How blessed we are to gather corporately to praise the Lord and speak of his name together.
We had a sweet experience last night at a local church. Since August, we have been taking our children to FBC on Wednesday nights because they have a wonderful children’s choir program. My girls love love love to sing! They have been enjoying choir and mission friends each week. During that time, Rick and I have been part of a small group study entitled “Growing Kids God’s Way.” It is one of the best things we have done together in a long time. This 18 week class meets weekly and we share together, review our “homework” and watch a series of videos about raising our children according to Biblical standards. Absolutely terrific! Now back to last night. . . the Sunday night service was entitled “He Has Been Good.” The service featured the all of the children’s choirs (K-5th grade). Of course, we were there to see Addison sing. She was so excited. Here is a video of one of the songs the kindergartners sang.
Each grade (K-2) sang two songs and then the 3rd-5th grade choir did an entire performance, complete with songs, motions and speaking parts. It was such a sweet night. I think I relived my childhood during the night. I have such wonderful memories of musicals, memorizing lines and learning to LOVE to sing! I teared up several times as I listened to these young children singing praises to our wonderful Saviour and raising their hands in worship. One 5th grade girl quoted Psalm 27 in it’s entirety. It was such a blessing to hear. I remember memorizing scripture and standing before the church to quote it. There is something about hearing a child quote scripture that fills my heart with such joy! We are working on some short scripture memory in our house. What I love most about so much of the music that kids sing is that they are singing words directly from scripture.
Everyone was asked to bring toys to church for the Toy Store, where parents in need will be able to pick out toys for their children for FREE so that they can have a special Christmas. At the end of the choir performances, they asked every to bring their toys down front and place them on the stage. The church was packed and there were oodles of presents that had already been donated in the bins around the sanctuary. It was so neat for my girls to be able to take their gifts to give and literally “lay them on the altar.” That’s what we do when we give to others, we give to Jesus. It was a great word picture and lesson for our girls. What a night! I am so thankful for the opportunity that we had to be part of it!
One funny note: The last song was “We All Bow Down” and there were 10 little girls all dressed in white with gold crowns on their head. They did a beautiful worshipful dance along to the words of the song. They removed their crowns and laid them at the foot of the large cross on the stage. Ava Jane looked at me and said, “Mom, that is NOT ballet.” I explained to her that it was in fact, not ballet, but worshipful dance to the Lord. Her face softened and she said, “Ooohh, dancing to the Lord.” It was too sweet. She also praised Addison for what a great job she did singing. These girls are such a blessing to us. And I am so thankful that God has blessed us with them. I love this time of year to focus on all we are thankful for.