These days in Florida have been a rare gem in a sea of bleary-eyed exhaustion baked moments in the first quarter for me. As we’ve traveled together, toured together, cried together, laughed together and lived together for the last few days, we have seen and sung many moments while laughing and lounging in the sunshine state.
As our trip comes quickly to a close, I’ve been struck by the heartbeat of this group. There’s an undercurrent with this choir, undulating under each stop they make, each note they vocalize. I’ve spent many quiet moments trying to pin down what it is, that sound that beats in the songs they sing.
There’s an undying, unyielding, unrelenting hope to their sound, a consistent uplifting and joy they carry as their sounds dance across Florida winds. They carry light and salt with their voices, their manners and their kindness. They are living and breathing the hope of the Gospel with each song they sing, leaving trails of confidence in the power of Jesus in their wake.
What a vision. And they don’t even know it.
These boys and girls are servants with their hands and their hearts and their lungs, and they have no clue what joy and hope and settled confidence they leave with their smiles and their “thank you sir,”s and their amens. They are bearers of the Cross, of that Matthew 28 mission that was given so long ago to go and to give away. They are young and full of life and confidence and they are breathing Hope with their song.
We’ve seen it in the faces of wounded veterans confined to wheelchairs and beds. We’ve discovered it in the face of a concierge who recently discovered the power of Christ in his own life. We’ve witnessed it in the tears of a historical tour guide, whose heart was moved by the melodies of David’s Psalm 23. We’ve received as we’ve broken bread together and given thanks. We’ve given hope on our hands and knees to our friends and family as we’ve washed our feet. It’s all hope in a world that needs it far more than we can imagine.
I pray they don’t leave it in sunny Florida. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV) Walk, children with your message of Hope. Run to the cross and take it to your world. It’s waiting to breathe in life again.