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Growing up, I was an active participant in the children’s musicals at church. Some of these were grand productions, including Gettin’ Ready for the Miracle (I was the kid whose mom sent him to the musical with hay – and discovered he was allergic to hay in the process.) , Good King Wenceslas (I was King Wenceslas), and Hark, the Herald Angel (I was Hark, thankyouverymuch. And I was mortified that I forgot one of my lines towards the end of the performance. Everyone says they didn’t notice but I know they did).
“He’s fat, fat Jehoshaphat. What a good, good king is he…”
And then there was Fat, Fat Jehoshaphat. This was probably my favorite musical that we did. It had fun songs and a memorable story from Scripture. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a sermon from this text, but I certainly remember the story – all because of my experience with this musical. I’ve always wondered why I haven’t heard any sermons from this text because it’ll definitely preach! But that’s neither here nor there at this point.
I was the High Priest in Jehoshaphat. I had a couple of solos and got to wear a really cool hat. And I got to say some really long words and act like I knew what I was talking about as part of a prayer. It went something like: “Thou who hast shown Thy benevolence towards us…Wouldst Thou show Thy (forgot the word) forthwith…Albeit we have…” OK, I don’t remember as much as I thought I did. But I remember it was kinda fun saying all those big words. Of course, the main point of the whole production was that you don’t have to use big words to pray to God because it’s just talking with Him. He’s not impressed with our big words.
The other message was that prayer changes things. The most memorable song included the lyrics, “First you pray, First you pray the second you see a problem come your way. Most of the time it’s last on your mind but first you need to pray.”
Kinda makes me think of another song which fits with the theme of Flashback Friday from a certain MC known as Hammer…