After our Sunday evening worship time, we have been holding a Girls Gathering. That’s just my name for it but it is a time where our girls can get together to lead songs and read scripture with each other. It is so important that girls have opportunity to learn these skills and become stronger and more confident in their own abilities to lead. They will have opportunity in building God’s kingdom where they need to be confident in reading scripture with others or leading a group of women or girls in song. If we don’t intentionally give them opportunity, they will struggle, even as adults.
And the desire is there! One of the young ladies read a scripture tonight but wasn’t brave enough to lead a song. Yet. And I know it is yet because she came up to me afterwards and said “Ms. Lori, I don’t know how to lead but I want to know.” After reassurance that most of the other girls in there were just learning as well, she said she would try next time. And a very young one, just about 3, said she wanted to lead Jesus Loves Me. She got to the front, took one look, and promptly changed her mind. But that’s okay because next time, she might be a bit braver and try again. One of these days, she’ll lead that song and we will all be singing proudly along with her as she gains the ability to lead praises to God.
That is what all this is about – giving God the glory through rejoicing, through song, through scripture. Coming before the Father to recognize what He has done for us, all he has given to us, recognizing the things God has done for us. The song chosen for today is To God Be The Glory. It just seemed so fitting when I was pondering on the bravery of the girls who are learning to step out of their comfort zones, to listen to their hearts desires to learn how to serve God. It makes my heart smile and I imagine God is doing the same as he looks down on these little ones.
To God Be The Glory
lyrics: Fanny Crosby (1875)
music: William H. Doane (1875)
1 To God be the glory, great things he hath done;
so loved he the world that he gave us his Son,
who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
and opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear his voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father through Jesus the Son,
and give him the glory, great things he hath done.
2 O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
to every believer the promise of God;
the vilest offender who truly believes,
that moment from Jesus a pardon receives. [Refrain]
3 Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,
and great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
but purer, and higher and greater will be
our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see. [Refrain]