Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Magic Nights Of Kingdom Business

Candle glow washed the rooms with golden light. Christmas treasures tucked here and there amongst evergreen trimmings glittered and shone. The painted carousel of little wooden boys and girls shopping for Christmas gifts of dolls and trains whirled, waiting to take center stage when the refreshments were to be finally enjoyed.

But first the guests arrived. Young musicians, donned in their recital dresses, ties, plaid skirts and dress slacks trickled in, bringing such an air of excitement. Tonight they would share the fruit of a semester's studies and practice. In attendance were grandparents, siblings, parents, and friends. Oh, such anticipation, such earnest hopes of a sterling performance!

My daughter hosted the (mostly) annual piano recital, giving another sister and me the opportunity to allow our students to share their talents and work as well. We gladly took advantage of her willingness. There is nothing more wonderful than encouraging young people to explore their talents and to hone their skills. It is akin to taking a diamond in the rough and creating a beautiful gem stone to one day be placed in a golden setting.

Boys and girls, one by one - their little hands, their feet that fail to touch the floor, and their eager eyes flashing - soon took the stage. Solos, duets - Christmas tunes were heard and welcomed by all. An even more eager audience was prepared to applaud such wonderful efforts, such excellence. Each one bowed politely, each one brought their best. Their clothes reflected the importance of the event. Their stage presence delighted. And we responded to their best with our best.

One young sibling shared with me, as we nibbled frosted cookies by the light of the painted carousel, that one day she wants to play the piano, too. "Excellent choice!" I declared with confidence. "That is a great thing to consider. Did you know that someday when you are older, you could help a junior church class learn a new song, or maybe play for your own children in a Christmas program? Playing piano can be real kingdom business. That would be a wonderful thing - to learn to really play the piano well! Excellent choice!" She smiled, and admitted that she had not thought of that, but it truly did sound like a great idea. Hooray! Kingdom ideas are great ideas and are so worth living for.

I love seeing children valued. They are the future. They are His idea. They are, actually, a Kingdom idea. I guess that makes them pretty great.

Christmas recital night. One of the best of the year. Always.

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