Last night we were able to attend the Christmas Concert for our three boys. It was a really nice evening watching and listening.

Perhaps the highlight was a portion of one song when Isaiah had a solo.

I could be wrong, but I think he is our first kid to sing a solo (if not, I’m in trouble :)).

On his own, he tried out for the part and won it. Leading up to the big moment, he spent weeks in preparation. He was committed to singing well and especially on pitch.

As the time came closer and closer for the performance, I could sense his growing anxiety. Leigh-Ann worked with him and from time to time I told him I knew he would do great.

The big night arrived, Isaiah picked out his outfit and was ready to go. He looked like a pretty handsome little man for sure.

I watched him up in the group waiting for his part. Song after song…I could tell he was getting anxious.

And then the moment…

He stepped out of his row, walked to the microphone (like a boss) and sang his part to perfection.

Leigh-Ann and I were beaming with pride and joy.  

Part of me wanted to stand up and let out a huge victory shout….like I would do if he scored a touchdown or a goal.

It had been a long wait…and finally….joy had come.

This Sunday as a part of our advent series at New Life CityChurch we will focus on joy. Particularly we will study the difference between pain as a result of sickness and joy. We will look back to Isaiah 35 which is a prophecy about future joy. Then we will look at a time when Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law and many others in Matthew 8:14-17.

As Christians, it is important to be reminded that even though we may be in the midst of pain, we have been promised joy in the future. There is much more I look forward to sharing, I sure hope you can attend at 9:00 or 10:45am this Sunday. If you cannot attend in person, you can watch the livestream HERE.