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Hope in the Heartland

Pastor, Peabody Bible Church

Recently, my family and I have had the privilege of becoming acquainted with a Christian youth theater organization — a relationship that started with a trip to Wichita to see this wonderful group of kids perform, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Our daughter enjoyed it so much that she wanted to try out for their performance of “Narnia” and also take some classes and attend a summer camp.

My wife and I became involved with the organization and have been blessed to see how their moto, “Developing character … one stage at a time,” has impacted our daughter’s life and the lives of many other kids who are a part of the classes, camps, and shows.

I am amazed at how committed everyone is to one another, to the many hours of practice, and to the exhausting week of performances. The hard work is inspiring, the quality is incredible, and the experience is unforgettable.

But there is one moment that stands above all the others. I have seen it happen three times and each time it sends chills racing up my spine, moving me to tears of joy.

It’s a simple yet profound gesture that puts everything the group stands for into perspective.

It’s when all the performers come on stage for a final bow. Right before the curtain closes all of them — from the youngest to the oldest — raise their hands and point up to heaven. It’s all for Jesus.

Can you say that about your life?

Last modified Sept. 2, 2010

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