My Christmas gift this year, from the Lord, is something I never expected.
When I was young, I used to enjoy the worship at church.
As a teen, sometimes, I would hope to be able to join a worship team in the future.
In my early twenties, I realized that wasn’t a gifting God had given me and found contentment in simply praising Him to the best of my ability.
Later, I found great joy in singing and dancing with the children in kid’s church.
Children truly understand making a joyful noise to the Lord and it was wonderful to join them.
It was during this time that we began to realize our oldest daughter was gifted in worship.
I have so enjoyed watching God work in and through her.
First, it was daily, while she lead worship at school, then at church.
The Lord made His will obvious and she spent years at University, where she was able to hone her craft and learn how to teach.
Now she and her husband are in ministry and she’s enjoying leading worship again.
Throughout, my heart has found joy in worship, being so thankful for those He gifts with musical talents.
Including here in our new home with our new church.
Everyone has been so understanding, because for some reason my voice disappears completely when I’m in the church building, and often doesn’t return until much later.
Despite the loss, I have wanted to worship along with our church family, so I’ve been working on learning more Christian signs.
There are many words in hymns I’m not familiar with.
It’s been an adventure to research and find words I can use to sign along with the singing.
And through this God gave me my Christmas gift.
I’ve been asked to sign this Sunday with the worship team.
I am so thankful I didn’t miss the best gift God gave me this Christmas, by focusing on what He had taken away.
For me, it was the removal of the one thing I knew how to use in worshipping Him, my voice.
Instead, He has given me a whole new way to praise Him.
Something I never expected, a chance to worship.
Romans 8:28 KJV — And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:37 KJV — Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your blessings. Thank You that You work in ways I cannot see. Lord Jesus, thank You for using my inability to be an opportunity. Thank You that You normally do things in ways which don’t make sense to us. After all, no one would have expected You, the King of kings, to come as a babe in a manger. Thank You that You didn’t come to be served, but to serve, that we might take that example and live it daily. Lord Jesus, please continue to help me to serve You in spirit and in truth, without thought to personal cost, but rather with trust in Your provision and direction. Lord, please help me to wait upon You and not go charging off to “fix” things in my own strength, for that is why Peter cut off the servant’s ear. Lord, I don’t want to damage others, or myself, please help me to be wise and honorable. Thank You for all Your wondrous works, Your love and salvation. I love You, Jesus. Amen.