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Loving like a Child

I had finished teaching my class–conducting a practice for their chapel service actually–and had some work I had to get done. I went to my office, which is just on the other side of the sanctuary doors.

I’m very blessed to be a worship pastor and help teach a worship team class where they take the lead and press into worship with the junior high and high school students. Normally I get to stay in there as the team sings and plays, but as I said, that day was a rush.

I listened and worshipped along with them as I heard it all fairly clearly, yet still in work-mode. When they got to the last song, I was blown away by what I heard. It wasn’t choirs of angels singing or anything as dramatic as that. I heard the kindergartners in the hallway–not part of the actual service–but singing along in their beautiful childlike way.

You’re a good, good Father
It’s who You are, it’s who You are, it’s who You are
And I’m loved by You
It’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am

And honestly I was a bit choked up. They didn’t care that the service was “not for them.” They just wanted to join the song at whatever level they could, because it was being sung.

I’m so thankful I get to be a part of educating kids to be lovers of God and helping them experience His amazing presence. That day, they helped me experience His presence–like a child.

Without malice. Without guile. Without pretense.

It was honest, lovely, and heartfelt. It was overwhelming and stopped me in my tracks. Work-mode would have to wait. I needed to take those moments in thanksgiving to my heavenly Father.

At that time Jesus said, ā€œI praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants.Ā Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. –Matthew 11:25-26

kidsMy testimony is that the joy of children’s simple worship sparked joy and awe in me. Reminds me again that the kingdom belongs to those who receive it like a child. It pleases Him to reveal it to those–not the wise and learned (and potentially, arrogant).

There are stirrings to worship all around us if we can look past our busyness and reorient ourselves on Him. I pray you find such opportunities today.

How about you? What are you thankful for this week?

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  1. He is a good good Father! I love that song. Listening to children sing His praises is one of the best things we get to enjoy in this life. I was blessed to teach little ones in the classroom and music was always a quick way to get their attention. Especially blessed that it was in a Christian school where the music could point them to their good Father. Blessings!
    Deb Wolf recently posted..What is Wisdom? Do You Know?My Profile

    • It’s a great song! So simple and heartfelt. And yes, so blessed to have my kids part of a school where they can grow in academics and their faith. Thanks so much, Deb!

  2. Had I heard those children singing as you did, Jason, I’d have teared up, too! My granddaughters are wonderful reminders to me every day of why God wants us to approach Him as a little child. I thank Him for that blessing!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Tell It Like It IsMy Profile

    • It was overwhelming in the best way possible! Thankful for these amazing kiddos in our lives. Thank you, Martha!

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