December 2019

December 2019

It was a silent night in a dusty field when the heavens split wide open with a song 2,000 years ago. The angels could not contain themselves: Jesus Christ was born! Today that explosion of good news is still reverberating around the world, and now a choir of teen moms in Nashville has joined the chorus. 

“These girls really love to sing,” their YoungLives leader noticed, so Jessica coordinated childcare and invited the girls to join the YoungLives choir in Music City on Monday nights. Soon she realized she had stumbled onto a portal into heaven. “The girls are transported to another place,” Jessica said, “and they connect with the Lord through the singing.” 

Brianna is one of those girls. Brianna met Jesus Christ at camp last summer, and on the bus ride home, she signed up for the YoungLives choir. “We sing gospel songs,” Brianna said. “It touches me, because I understand the song. It makes me think about the Lord and think about the past and think about my life.” 

As Brianna indicates, not all the songs are outbursts of explosive joy. One of the Monday night favorites is a reflective song called “Rescue.” The young moms close their eyes and sing with their whole hearts: I need a rescue, I need a reckoning — from all the things I’ve done and have been done to me. I need revival, I need recovery. I need to know that there’s an answer for what’s missing. It is a song of lament and longing for the ages, and when the girls open their eyes, they see an age-old visitor from God. Standing before them is an angel named Jessica, whose eyes are filled with compassion and whose life echoes a familiar refrain: Do not be afraid. God sends His peace and favor. A Savior has been born.

Thank you for supporting Young Life. Thank you for putting leaders like Jessica in the lives of countless kids. Our leaders share the gospel in a language that kids can understand, and sometimes that language is set to music. Thank you for joining the heavenly hosts in announcing the good news about Jesus Christ. 

In Christ for all kids,

Newton F. Crenshaw