“O Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant...Come and behold him, born the King of Angels. O Come let us adore him.” -O Come All Ye Faithful, John Wade
We wrapped adults in wrapping paper and stuck bows on their faces. There were special appearances by Buddy the Elf. We ate a lot of snacks and Christmas cookies and hot chocolate (but, let’s be honest, those cups had more marshmallows than hot chocolate in them). If you’ve ever had the privilege of sneaking into a Student Ministries Lift or Amplify Christmas party, you’ll know that what I’ve just described is the milder stuff of the night.
After it’s all said and done and every kid is safely home, once we’ve cleaned up wrapping paper that was stuffed into every conceivable corner of the room, and when we’ve scraped red and green frosting off the floor, I get to drive home, alone and in silence for the first time all day. This year, as I was driving home, the song, O Come All Ye Faithful, came on the radio. And as I sang along, I realized that with every word, I was thinking of our students here at Southland.
Whether you’re a parent, a volunteer leader, or just know someone who is trekking through adolescence, you know that the pressure to want good, holy things for them can be immense. We want them to make the right decisions, to avoid all the mistakes we made when we were their age, and to never have to deal with the pain or loss that we’ve dealt with.
But let’s be honest—while we can guide them and provide wisdom, we can’t control the lives of anyone. What can we do? We can pray for them every single day. And I can’t think of better words to pray over any student in your life than the lyrics to O Come All Ye Faithful. Isn’t that what we’re really hoping for? We want students who, no matter what circumstances or choices are present in their lives, can be called faithful, adoring followers of Jesus.