I'm a crier. I "blame" my mom for this. I wrote about this before, but her due date for me was very close to Christmas, so when families and friends would ask her what she wanted for Christmas, the Christmas season she was pregnant with me, she would say "Tiny Tears". Tiny Tears was a doll that cried tears. Very popular back in the year 1957. Well a few days before Christmas she got her wish and her very own Tiny Tears was born. And I haven't stopped crying since.
I cry at Hallmark commercials. I cry hearing Pomp and Circumstance on the TV; don't even ask me how it was to hear Pomp and Circumstance watching my children walk in at their high school graduations. I cry when I'm happy, I cry when I'm sad, I just cry. God stores all our tears, the Bible says it. I've said it before, there's a Lake Betty in heaven.....I look forward to seeing it.
I'm crying writing this post.
I am a crier. Is there a support group for such a person?
It doesn't matter, because I will always cry.
I found myself with tears welling up in my eyes today.
I volunteer in children's ministry at church. I used to volunteer every other week, but we had a change in children's ministry leaders amongst other changes and there left a gap in the schedule that needed to be filled by someone so I volunteered to step in and help weekly until such a gap could be filled. I have to tell you since I started doing this, I've really come to appreciate a Sunday afternoon nap.
We work with children ages three up to sixth grade. We all stay together for worship songs and the lessons and then break up into age appropriate groups, usually preschool to kindergarten, first to third grade, fourth to sixth grade. I take the first group, three year olds to kindergarteners. Usually the time we break up, we may do a craft, a science project, a game, but we can relate better at that point with a smaller group of similarly aged children.
Today while working at church, watching the children's minister interacting with the children, singing along with them, doing the motions to the songs, running around the room with the motions, a big smile on her face, shining God's love, after an exhausting week of running Vacation Bible School with over 50 kids in attendance, greeting kids that had come to the camp and now with their families were coming for the first time to our church, comforting a shy child, I was moved to tears. I had to contain myself, get a hold of myself, putting aside my emotions and smile broadly, singing along.
I am so blessed to work with such a Godly young woman. Children's ministry is hard work; trying to engage the young ones, trying to get volunteers, trying to keep things alive and relevant. She has a purpose, she has a plan, she has a faith, she prays, God answers, kids are hearing the good news of Jesus. Kids are singing, kids are sharing, kids are learning, kids are serving.
I'm crying typing this.
I am so blessed to work with Michelle. God's light is shining through her.
Matthew 18:5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
Jesus is being welcomed at our church......so abundantly week after week after week because of her faithfulness. Thank you Lord Jesus.