Monday Musings 10/12/12
MJ and I attended “The Hope” at Evangel last night, along with hundreds of others from the City of Montreal. What a spectacular evening filled with music, drama and media!
I anxiously awaited all weekend the opportunity to see this production and was not disappointed when the moment finally arrived. It was a night filled with laughter, emotion, hope and personal pride. You see, I watched a young man’s dream become a reality last night!
Simply put, words fail me right now as I write this blog. How can a father adequately describe what it means to watch his son lead a group of over one hundred volunteers through a Christmas production that was out of this world, in a church that holds so many significant memories? Well, last night, that happened to me.
It was my privilege to pastor Evangel Church in downtown Montreal, for thirteen years. Evangel was home to our children throughout their significant, vulnerable, and formative years. They were exposed to people and programs that shaped their lives, and somehow, with God’s help, they grew to love church and not run away from it. What thrills me most is that although both Jonathan and Stephanie respect the history and heritage of the church, they have always desired to be on the cutting edge of keeping church relevant.
And so, last night, I had a hard time keeping my emotions in check as I watched my son transition a traditional Singing Christmas Tree, into a modern day, heart wrenching, quality driven, joy filled celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. He could not do it without an incredible team standing behind him and a lead pastor who believes in him. Thank you Evangel Church and Pastor Jonathan Smith, for making this father so proud and allowing the childhood dream of his son come to life!
To all of those parents who have dreams for your children, keep your hopes alive. MJ and I are no different then you. We were not perfect parents while our children were growing up. We made our share of mistakes in this thing called parenting. We are no more deserving of seeing our children’s dreams become a reality than you are. We simply tried to make sure that Jesus, and the church He died for, was not a forced obligation, but an amazing, vibrant, lifestyle that is worth holding onto for a life time.
At the end of the day, all we can do as parent’s, is release them to God, pray for them, be there for them when they make mistakes, and cheer them on when they hit a home run. Jonathan, you hit it out of the park last night! Keep loving the Jesus you helped Montreal celebrate this past weekend. Truly, Jesus is “The Hope” of the city!
Until next Monday…
Don (a proud father!)