Yesterday at church our children from VBS sang a couple of songs for the congregation. Our oldest son, Ted, also was up in front singing with the little kids. In fact, he stood right next to Philip. Two of my three boys together! Sweet!
Well, this being the first time Philip had ever been in front of SO MANY people, he was very frightened by being up there. So instead of singing, he just stood there very stiffly doing the hand motions, looking like he might throw up any minute.
Oh my, we were so sad for him, but there wasn't anything we could do except sit there and keep showing him our smiles while his big brother was right next to him helping him be strong.
After the kids finished singing, we walked out with him and told him what a good job he had done with the hand motions up in front of all of those people. We gently suggested that second service he could also sing those songs. He just looked up at us like we were crayz! LOL!
Second service came, and still Ted stood beside him. Still we sat in the front rows smiling at him with love and saying a little prayer that he would be ok this time.
When the singing started, Philip looked up at Ted and then looked at us, smiled, and began to sing with a sweet smile on his face!
Oh be still my heart - what a joy it was to witness Philip beginning to understand just what it might mean to be part of a family - to have that kind of support in your tough times in life! You could just see it written on his face. What a sweet moment of time we saw today!