On Wednesday night I had the privelege of attending the Jesus Club's annual Christmas play. The Jesus Club is a group that runs at our church for adults who have an intellectual disability. Every year they put on a Christmas play and every year it is fantastic. Often it turns out to be the best thing I have attended at church all year!
I can't tell you enough how much I love going to this night. The first time I went I was blown away. To be honest it restored my faith in humanity a little - to be reminded that there are people out there who can see past a person's disabilities and see them for who they are - people loved by God.
I will admit to quite a few tears throughout the show usually. Seeing how proud and excited the members are to put on the play, seeing how much love and respect the volunteers show to the group members, seeing our church packed full of people supporting this great ministry.
It is also an incredibly humbling night. To have the story of the gospel told out by the group members is an incredibly moving experience. It always reminds me of that verse in the bible where it says:
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
1 Corinthians 1:27
Never has that verse seemed so meaningful than at Jesus Club. Here are people the world considers foolish and weak - yet they were
shining like stars in the universe as they held out the word of life
Philippians 2:15-16 (paraphrased)
What a great night!