When we brought Jubilee home, I would have never, ever dreamed this blogpost would be possible. But with tears welling, I can say that it is a reality because of our gracious God and an obedient pastor and his wife who celebrate special needs and lead those around them well!
A couple of months ago our church was having tryouts for the Kidsong Christmas Celebration. I’ve mentioned before that our church celebrates (and I mean celebrates) special needs. When they do performances, those with special needs are right in the mix of it all. The kids (or adults) with special needs are not hidden away or sequestered in the back of the stage or worse yet, have their “own” program – nope! They are right in the middle of everyone and all the fun!
No doubt, Jubilee has noticed that her friends with special needs have had main parts in the celebrations and of course she saw that Elizabeth had a solo last year too. Jubilee has never been a “front and center” type of gal, well, until now. The night of the tryouts she went along with the kids and at tryouts suddenly announced she wanted to tryout as well.
Friends came to me and told me that she had indeed tried out. I almost fell over! When I saw her I questioned her and she replied, “I sing like Elizabeth.” (Wow, my eyes are filled with tears just typing that!) My mouth dropped open when she emphatically told us. I questioned her, “You know you will have to do it in front of everyone?” She firmly nodded ‘yes’. I mentioned that she would have to really practice hard. She again nodded determinedly that she was ready to work hard.
If I didn’t know that our church celebrates special needs I would have panicked at the thought of it all. But I knew they would celebrate our one-in-four-million-girl!
Within no time the email arrived that Jubilee had a solo part, as did Elizabeth and Elijah (his being a speaking part). Oh my gracious, I keep welling with tears as I type. It is all so overwhelmingly incredible to this mama’s heart and I know you special needs mamas understand where I’m coming from. To find a church that doesn’t just “occupy” kids while parents are in service, but instead celebrates each of them in their uniqueness is rare and so powerful to our city of Phoenix. This is the reason we drive 33 miles one way to our church – the incredible culture of embracing special needs, the uncompromising rock-solid Biblical preaching of the inerrant word of God and the sweetest people on earth!!
Anyway, when I announced on Facebook that Jubilee had been given a solo part in our church’s Christmas program the love poured out! We’ve known since she came home – Jubilee has a fan club around the world!! Everyone was celebrating our sweet girl!
The next time I saw one of our children’s pastor Doug (who is also a friend) I enthusiastically called across the parking lot, “Did you see on Facebook when I announced that Jubilee had tried out and been given a solo part? That post has over 650 likes! She’s got a fan club around the world!!” He responded, “I DID!! We are trying to see if we can live stream it!” Whoooaaaa. I was ecstatic! First, that means that Emma can watch (it’s 430 am for her) when I told her she laughed, “I got up to watch the princess marry in the middle of the night, I’m not going to miss this!” This also means Jubilee’s fan club around the world can watch!
So friends, you are officially invited to watch live as Jubilee makes her much-celebrated debut. The service will be at 6:30pm Sunday December 3rd (that’s tomorrow!!). Elizabeth will be singing her solo parts and Elijah will also be speaking. Keep a look-out for Ruby and Birdie who are part of the choir!
Watch the service live here: HIGHLANDS KIDSONG CHRISTMAS
If you are local, please feel free to come watch it in person (details below). I know my eyes will be dripping as our precious girl gives it her all!
The Dress Rehearsal Last Night
Click this: HIGHLANDS KIDSONG CHRISTMAS
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Scottsdale, AZ 85255