We have been handing over my little 2 ½ year-old grandson to the Toddler room volunteers at our church every Sunday morning for almost a year. Every time we left there was a possibility of tears because all of the different big people and the loud noises struck a note of fear into his tiny heart. He was not happy to be going there.
Now everything has changed- he’s excited about going to church. His big blue eyes light up and he gets a huge smile on his face as he says ‘ Dance’. Have you ever seen a pack of toddlers dancing and singing to God? It’s amazing. It’s inspiring. It’s a beautiful thing.
And there’s more. One of the young dancing and singing volunteers is a daughter of someone we know. My husband and I are privileged to teach one of the Fresh Start classes at our church and the young volunteer’s mother, Maria, was in our last class.
Maria was one of the most engaged and faithful members of that class. She always had great questions and was very open about wanting to figure out how to become a better follower of Christ. She clearly had found what she was looking for when she found God and she was doing everything she could to grow in her faith, even against some stiff opposition from her Catholic family.
So, while we were serving and teaching and encouraging Maria, her daughter was serving and teaching and encouraging our grandson. This is one of the truly beautiful things about a church family when it is centered on God and his truth. As we all love and serve God together, he blesses us through each other. And he just keeps on blessing us.
And now Micah loves to dance for God.