Monday, January 16, 2012

Singing Praises

Every month we have an all-youth devotional in the home of one of our families.
These rank in my top 5 youth activities of the year.
It is such a blessing to have parents that are willing to open their homes up to 30+ kids, prepare food for all of us, and give a devotional lesson to all of us.

Last night was the first devotional of 2012, and it was probably the best one that I have ever been to.
We had over 40 people there (HUGE)
We had an incredible lesson taught by one of our elders.
And delicious food made by this elder's wife. 
To top it all off though, they took all of us over to their neighbors' house to sing praises, and to encourage this sweet family.
It is a family of 7 (I think)
The grandfather lives in the house.
Then there are the parents, and their 4 kids.
The oldest two kids, twins, about 12 years old, were born WAY early, and due to this, they have some pretty severe disabilities.
Our elder's family has been reach out to this family for quite some time now.
So, all 40-something of us went into their home, and sang songs to them.
The boy twin led us as any good song leader would - hand motions and all, while the others listened and clapped for us.
One of the songs we sang was The Greatest Commands.
I couldn't help tearing up while singing this song, and looking at this family, who had such joy on their faces, even through the struggles that they have to endure daily.
It was the perfect way to end the evening, by showing God's love to this family.
What a blessing it was to see all of our youth kids pouring out their love to these strangers.
It really shows that God is Love.

I hope that each of you will be blessed in some way this week, and that you will find a way to bless someone else. 

1 John 4:16 - And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God, and God in him.

1 comment:

  1. oh my goodness, that sounds like an absolutely incredible night.


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