It was a bit of a chaotic rush at my house last week as we tried to get all 5 of us out the door and to school by 6pm. It always seems that at the last minute someone is missing their bow tie or can’t find their shoes or their keys, but regardless, we made it out the door with a bit of time to spare, and our sanity mostly intact.
The Annual Christmas Choir Concert at Cambridge Christian School has become a part of our holiday tradition over the last 6 years. It’s something I look forward to. With friends, family, and beautiful music, it’s an invitation for my heart to slow down for a bit and be present. But this year brought with it an unexpected surprise… a glimpse of JOY as I have never seen before.
As the concert was coming to a close, in keeping with tradition, each student was given a candle and lined up around the room. We watched as they slowly lit each one and then in unison they began to sing Silent Night. It was beautiful, as it always is, but this year their voices were almost drowned out by the little boy standing right behind me. At first I couldn’t tell what was happening, so I turned around to steal a glance and realized he was giggling and laughing and clapping uncontrollably… it was pure JOY! His mother with happy tears in her eyes looked at me and simply said, “He just loves this.”
Now I know what you might be thinking… this is not the typical response to a quiet, reverent moment like this, but you see, Kodi is not your typical little boy. His life is a miracle. Blind from birth and living in an orphanage, he faced a life where his disability might leave him institutionalized or worse. BUT GOD had other plans! He had a hope and a future for him, and 2 years ago, because his parents said YES to God in spite of all the unknowns, this incredible child came home to his Forever Family!
The song finished. The moment was there and gone. It passed quickly and could have been overlooked in the hustle and bustle of it all, but that didn’t happen. It touched my heart and stirred something deep within, so much so, that almost a week later I am moved to tears just thinking about it.
Squealing and giggling in the row behind me was a child we had prayed for diligently. Clapping uncontrollably with delight was a child we supported through NOMORE as his parents raised the funds needed to bring him home. AND in that very moment Kodi, a crazy, excited bundle of JOY in it’s purest form, experienced something only made possible because of the love of Jesus Christ.
And I am so glad I didn’t miss it!
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