The annual Christmas program this year was more than we anticipated. It was different than even the show's director anticipated. Mrs. Jennifer Brown begins her search each year for the Christmas program in July! She chooses the show, and then makes adjustments to it to fit our students.
This time, after typing up the show and preparing for auditions for the 6th-grade parts, she suddenly had an unexplained lack of peace about it. She paid attention to the unsettled feeling she had, prayed about it, and began to look into other options. Mrs. Brown said, "When I found 'We Three Spies', I honestly didn't like it as much. But I felt a peace about it and so I trusted that it must be the right one for us. Even as the weeks went on, I wondered if I'd made the right decision."
First through sixth-grade students learn the songs, but more than that, they learn the deeper meaning in the songs. They learn about the Christmas story and what a gift it is to all of us that a Savior was born so we could know God and be with Him forever. They learn about God's power and authority, even through the storms. They learn that His ways are higher than our ways. They learn about what it means to give to others.
For the first time in Trinity's history, as an extension of the show, a ministry effort was made. There was a part in the show about donating shoes to the homeless. Rather than just having the actors talk about it, Mrs. Brown wanted to make it happen. She garnered help from some volunteer parents, and they had a goal to collect 300 pairs of shoes to be donated to an organization in Los Angeles that serves the homeless as well as thousands of families in the LA Unified School District. Many families literally live in their cars and have so little. They have to apply to be able to receive these shoes. Our Trinity community heard the call and responded and the result was that we collected 800 pairs of shoes!
Before the performance began, Mrs. Brown shared about the moment that she knew why she hadn't had peace about the previous show she had chosen and why this was the perfect show for this year. It was when all the students were gathered as a large group and they sang one particular song with such conviction that it brought her to tears. They sang "Be Still My Soul" trusting God "when the storms rage and the world shakes." She knew that in the wake of the tragic incident in our community, the shooting at Saugus High School, this message was more needed than ever. She felt God was preparing her and her students for such a time as this.
So the story was about the true meaning of Christmas, and it was at a time when many needed the reminder of God's power and authority over all the details of our lives. And it also was a reminder about sharing gifts with others. This year, our community was blessed to be sharing God's love through song and drama, and also through the simplicity of giving shoes to those who don't have them.
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