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Written by Dr. Patty Hambrick
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
you display your power among the peoples.
In addition to my position at Charleston Southern University, I am a pastor’s wife. Around Christmas and several weeks before, we begin to practice for adult and children’s programs. We have quite a diverse congregation and we have children who come from unique circumstances and some from very difficult life situations.
Psalm 71:17 says, “O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood, and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.” One of the wonderful things that God does in the world is to give us children to watch and care for. While we have many, many children in our church family, God has given me a special, wonderful child to “watch” this Christmas.
Antuannearah is three and full of spirit. She is beautiful, gives the best hugs; has big, precious smiles; and uses quite the vocabulary. She is wonderful. She has blessed her Sunday School teacher with the “f” word; she has shared the “one-way” sign; she has punched my pastor husband; and has told people she would kick them in various places.
On the day she shared her most special vocabulary, she was upstairs in my music class singing all by herself, “Jesus loves me, this I know.” She also sang, “for the Bible tells me so,” but she doesn’t read. She knows “Jesus loves “Antuannearah” because everyone loves her so very much!
It would be very easy for some to not think kindly about “Antuannearah” because of some of her actions. Though all this, however, she is the favorite. You would think she is “Mary,” chosen of God, because in our world, she is!
When we see her wonderful, teachable spirit, we know that she is a wonderful gift from God. She reminds us that Jesus came for one such as this, that she should have a church family who will teach her to love Jesus because she receives love from them.
When I look at my Charleston Southern family, I think, “Wonderful.” When I look at my church family, especially, Antuannearah, I think, “Wonderful.” When I think of God who performs miracles and displays his power in the world, “I think, “Wonderful!” “Wonderful” because He sent His son to die for me! And you! Oh, how “Wonderful!”