A couple of weeks ago my little girl decided that she was going to surprise one of her favorite ministers, Mr. Dan, for his birthday. His children are grown, but he has no grandchildren yet. Allie has eagerly stepped into that position. First, she planned to buy him a present. She thought about it for a day or so and decided she would give him something that she would enjoy – Thomas the train cars, Annie and Clarabell. She (4 ½ years old) knew that he would love them. After that she bought a bag and a card. Next, she helped her mom make a giant cupcake with chocolate icing and sprinkles. She was all set, we thought.
On Wednesday evenings our church has a meal and Allie decided that she would sing Happy Birthday to him during the meal. What we thought was a problem occurred next. We waited and waited, but Mr. Dan did not show.
We went upstairs to the worship center and he wasn’t there either. Right before the service started I mentioned to the worship minister what Allie had planned and asked if the congregation could sing to Dan if Allie could not. He told us to wait around. A few moments later Mr. Dan walked in. He was called to the stage along with Allie. Our worship minister asked Allie if she wanted to sing to Mr. Dan and she said yes and she wanted to do it by herself. So she did. It was so sweet and I believe there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, including Mr. Dan. He was so excited. Well, we left service so it could continue and after Mr. Dan opened his card and present, Allie went to class. She knew that she had made his day. She was so proud of herself.
Later we were approached by a member that writes songs and asked if Allie could learn a lullaby that she had written for her son. She wanted Allie to perform at a Christian Coffee House at the end of the month. We asked Allie if she wanted to sing again and she told us yes. I asked if she was going to be scared and she told me “no” like it was the silliest thing she had ever heard. After 2 weeks of practice, Allie knows almost all of the song. On Thursday she had her first practice, so she is almost ready. She loves getting up on the stage to perform.
God has blessed her with the ability to sing and carry a tune. What makes it more special is that Allie is hearing impaired and she can’t really hear the high or low notes. But, when she sings you really can’t tell. In turn, God has blessed us and many others through her kindness and love.
***John E. Stack is the author of Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo and the soon to be released Cody’s Rescue Adventure at the Zoo.