Today was blessed in all the wonderful ways a worship service day could be.
The lesson preached by the Executive Minister reminding us to have solid faith, worship God when it is time to worship, remain amongst those with the right to worship and to instill this in our families – what a beautiful reminder of how much we are loved.
The pastoral letter encouraging all of us to pray together and trust in God’s protection even though this world is completely vile and terrifying – what a hopeful reminder of again, how much we truly have.
The little boy who performed his duty as a children’s choir member for the very first time – what a strong reminder of how fast time goes by, and how it’s important to start our relationship with God and nurture it.
Y’all just don’t understand. When this lil’ man was 5 years old, his answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” has always been: a choir member. (Technically, he would answer: “A choir-for”. I have no idea how that word came to be.)
No matter how many times I would gently correct him “No no, choir member. Choir mem-bbbbbeeerrr”
He still would answer, “Choir-for”.
And today, lil’ man was officially, a choir-for.
He has “grown up”.
Life is good. Real real good.
It’s funny how he thinks that being a choir member is his job. J-O-B. Oh the inner brains of a young 7-year old.
His dad is a worker for the Church in the Music Department and TRG departments. He sees his dad go off to work for God every single day. He hears this in our morning and evening family prayers. So naturally, for him to have a service to God, it must be his grown-up responsibility too.
His mom for the past 3.5 years has been a SAHM. (Stay at home mom) I did most of my work in my pajamas. My labors are not easily seen, and that’s ok. Like most things about our mothers, one day, he will get all the crazy that I have done to him and with him and for him.
The truth is, as a servant of God, through membership in His holy church- we are each going off to work for God every single day.
Whether we serve God directly, or at a j-o-b with a human boss, or as the human boss so that we can have the means to do our responsibilities, or at home keeping the family life doable on one income, this is exactly where God wants us.
We have daily duties to Him.
Today, my son began firm roots in the choir. What an incredible way to learn discipline, harmony, sacrifice, compassion and faith. He brings his “work” home with him and we all benefit, his little sister knows all the words to any hymn he’s studied aloud. My heart melts when he begins to sing hymns or is eager to study the music.
My son carries this duty with him wherever he goes, often reminding me about his choir schedule, choir attire, snacks for before choir practice, and his concerns about how to do things that choir members do.
I remember the day of my first performance in the children’s worship service choir. Chicago, IL. Sometime in the summer, as the ice-cream trucks were waiting for us outside the chapel.
A crisply pleated white robe. Sitting next to my childhood best friend who also started the choir at the same time. I think that experience bonded us like no other.
I don’t remember the exact hymns we sang, but I remember standing up a little too early and sitting down a little too late. I was the little girl at the end of the first row. I felt like a big girl. I was 7 years old with my very own hymnal book and a mom and dad that did all they could to help me experience this duty.
So today, I jot down these memories so my son will know his starting roots.
He really is a choir-for. A choir member for God.
Congratulations anak ko, we have so many prayers for you.
Forces your mindset on what God can do for you. Embrace His masterplan and Enjoy Valuable moments like singing to God.