As much as I like to tell myself I don’t sweat the small stuff, I do. It’s just how I’m made and at this point in my life, I’ve realized that’s not going to change. So, planning events like Easter Jam, no matter how many we have done, can still be crazy for me. There are a lot of pieces that need to come together to make it special so you do all you can and finally “hope” for the best. You hope that the message will touch the hearts of those attending, that the activities are fun for everyone, that worship is uplifting, and that the crazy Georgia weather cooperates for once.

On Sunday, one of our third graders, Canon, was baptized. He stood before his family, his friends, and his church to publicly let the world know that Jesus is his Lord and his Savior.  It was a wonderful morning for all of us in Kids as we got to witness his baptism and celebrate with him afterwards. He was so proud and happy, and we were, too.  It’s such an honor for us to know him and be part of his spiritual journey.

After church, our Easter Jam praise team had rehearsal to learn the songs they will perform at Easter Jam – songs chosen to help kids and families connect with the message of Easter. We share with the dancers the meaning behind each song so they can have a better understanding of why what they do is inspirational and important. As I was watched them learn the words and motions to our theme song, “Hope Is Alive,” I found myself getting very emotional. After experiencing Canon’s baptism that morning, the words in this song touched me deeply.

When the night is darkest

And I feel weary

I’m not alone

You are with me

A new day is coming

I see a light

And the sun will rise

And Hope Is Alive

There is nothing wrong with wanting Easter Jam to be special for our families and our neighbors. We love creating places where we can celebrate and share God’s love with others. But thanks to Canon, I’m going to make an extra effort this time around to not sweat the small stuff and instead, focus on the hope Canon has, I have, we all have because of what our Savior did for us.

Hope is alive…because Jesus is alive!

“God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” John 3:16 NIrV