My Lenten practice is noticing the Holy moments that can sometimes be easy to overlook in the business of the everyday. Last night, at Family Night, there were quite a few.
My favorite was watching out church family support our youth as they presented their variety show as their Montreat Fundraiser. The children’s choirs stood up to sing 2 of the songs they had previously sung in church, and as I looked around Fellowship Hall, there was something really cool happening. Older siblings, the ones who are too old for these choirs and not old enough to be standing with the youth group, were doing the hand motions to prompt their younger siblings. For a moment the pre-teen “I’m too cool for anything” shells dropped, as they led the hand motions from various places around Fellowship Hall, and brothers and sisters supported their younger siblings, ensuring they had a good performance.
These “hand motion leaders” were some of the same young people who also helped clear tables, brought coffee and dessert to some of our older adults, and then helped clean up in the kitchen. As I was watching them, the thought crossed my mind – these are the people who are our future Elders and Deacons, our Youth Advisors and Committee Members. Through something as simple as Family Night, they are learning how to be and to feed, the Body of Christ. As one young man took dessert to one of our older adults, I wondered how the faith of that adult was formed -was he the “hand motion leader” at a family night, did the woman sitting next to him perform in a skit at her church so she could go to Montreat?
Sometimes, family night is just family night. Last night, it was spaghetti and a reminder that no matter how old we are, we play a role in the faith formation of the Body of Christ.