Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Favorite Elephant

Over this last weekend I was able to watch the Lititz Christian School (LCS) Spring Musical – Suessical the Musical. Actually, I watched all three performances. Why? For one thing I went to all three performances because the Fine Arts Department of LCS is absolutely wonderful. Their Fall Play and Spring Musical is always amazing and this time was no different.

But the aspect that was the selling point for me was that my son, Jonathan, played the role of Horton the Elephant who heard and saved all of the Whos of Whoville. This was his last stage performance of his High School career and I simply would not have missed one of those final three performances for all the money in the world. He was spectacular.

Over the last two years we have really watched Jonathan excel in this area. He is absolutely a natural when it comes to the stage. As much as I have always loved watching my son play sports, I am sure that I got double the pleasure and felt double the pride in watching his play and musical performances including but not limited to:

His first stage appearance in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

His playing the lead role of Tom Sawyer in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

His playing the lead role of Frederic in Pirates of Penzance

His playing a very serious role in last fall’s play, The Miracle Worker

And now his playing that amazing role of Horton the Elephant in Seussical

But it’s not just acting on the stage which brings out Jonathan’s best. I also love watching him sing on stage with his band, Eternal Mindset, and especially when he is on the stage leading people in worship. I love being on the stage when it comes to preaching and so it is an absolute thrill for me to watch him excel in his gifts and abilities on stage whether he is acting, singing or leading the people of God in worshipping!

I’m sure that you will continue to see me at LCS plays and musicals in the coming years, and I will most certainly enjoy them, because it will always remind me as some of the proudest moments of my being a parent – watching my son perform and excel on the stage.

One of my favorite lines Horton says in Seussical is, “I meant what I said. I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful 100%!

And that is my prayer for Jonathan. That like Horton the Elephant he will be 100% faithful the rest of his life using his gifts, talents and abilities for the Lord.


Tina said...

He certainly has a gift! I have enjoyed watching him also!

Pastor Scott said...

Thanks, Tina! I appreciate it!

Nevin said...

The band was terrific too!

Pastor Scott said...

All except those sax players! Hee Hee!