Jamie was trying out for a part in the school play. He'd set his heart on being in it, though his mother feared he would not be chosen.
On the day the parts were awarded, the mother went to collect him after school. Jamie rushed up to her, eyes shining with pride and excitement.. 'Guess what, Mom,' he shouted, and then he said words that are a lesson to all of us 'I've been chosen to clap and cheer.'
Lord, it's not a Bible story,
but all the same
I think it speaks some of your truth.
I often feel like little Jamie.
I often think that
You have chosen me
to clap and cheer!
One of my greatest joys as pastor
is to celebrate the achievements of others.
Elders claiming their ministry and doing it well.
Deacons caring for others, embodying Christ's love.
Children in wonder discovering the stories of God's love.
Youth wrestling with questions of life
and seeing God in the midst of it all.
Adults uncovering the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
I get join you, Lord,
clapping and cheering them on
like a crowd of fans in the stadium!
This Sunday is youth Sunday
at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Middle School and High School students
will lead the community in worshiping God.
They will stand and share their faith.
They will serve God and God's people
claiming their place in the congregation.
Lord, already I have had the chance
to encourage the high school senior
who is preaching this Sunday.
As we talked, we both became
more and more excited and animated
thinking about the connections
between his life,
the Bible story for Sunday, and
the life of the congregation!
It was so awesome to see him
get excited about sharing Your Good News!
I can't wait to clap and cheer our youth
as they lead the community in worshiping
I am glad you have chosen me
for a part in the divine drama of your love,
the part of
clapping and cheering.