By Steve Hands
One of the things I love most about worshipping at Wellspring Warrenville is the opportunity to worship during the Sunday service alongside some of our youngest members. On October 20, we included a corporate sharing time during the service, inviting folks to share how they had seen God’s greatness in their lives. We were preparing our hearts to enter into the story of God’s amazing power as he begins the plagues on Egypt. Our congregation shared about how we had seen God rescue us from danger, stretch gasoline further than it ought to go, open our eyes to deeper relationships just waiting for a conversation, and heal miraculously from sicknesses.
Some of our youngest worshippers love to share as well. One of our first graders celebrated God healing his dad who had just been through a season of surgeries and recovery. And one of our preschoolers shared that God was helping heal a bruise under his eye. I love the eyes of faith that these children shared with us, that Christ our healer operates not just through the obviously miraculous, but also through medical intervention and even the natural healing of our bodies we often take for granted. All these arenas fall under the sustaining power of God, and so it is good and right for us to give thanks to God for these healings as well. I’m grateful for our children’s capacity to open our eyes of faith through their testimonies.
This reminds me of the story in Matthew: 21:14-16 as Jesus enters Jerusalem and ministers to the sick: “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant, and they said to him, “Do you hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes; have you never read, “‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’?”
How have you seen God’s greatness? Maybe it is time to ask the kids! All the generations of the church can help us grow in our capacity to see God’s hand at work. May the Lord help us to hear what our kids are saying about God, so we don’t miss out on the praise God has put into their hearts.