Friday, April 3, 2009

"How great is our God"

I absolutely love the worship at our church. I am so thankful to be in a church that is blessed with a great worship leader, musicians and a worship team but recently God reminded me that it is not about the music or the talent but all about the heart.

I started subbing as a personal aide at Brownsville School. This special education school serves seven counties in Southeastern Illinois. The students range in age from young to 22 years old. I have never done this type of work before and it has been challenging for me emotionally. I am a very tender hearted person and my heart hurts for some of the challenges these young people face. I also have so much respect for the commitment and love of their families; sometimes single parents and grandparents.

Last Friday, I was privileged to be there when they had their annual talent show. It was totally awesome and I loved every moment of it. I heard several rounds of twinkle, twinkle, little star. Many of the students sang along with cds and their choices in song was a tribute to those they loved.

The highlight of the day for me was almost the last song. There was a young man of about 16 years of age. He was in a wheelchair that converted into a standing ramp to allow him to stand before the audience. His dark hair and age reminded me of my oldest son. He stood before the school and as the music started I realized it was familiar to me. He sang :How great is our God.

As he sang he raised his hands in praise to God. I watched as his personal aide stood and lifted her hands in worship. Then something amazing happened. The students who could stood up also and even some of those who couldn't lifted their hands as the song played. I don't think I will ever hear that song again without picturing him in my mind. God is great... no matter what our circumstances may be. His heart was singing louder and clearer than his voice was able!

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