When I was young, we lived for a while with my grandparents. My mom was a nurse and my dad was a seminary student, so this was a real blessing for us. One holiday season my “mam-maw” let me help decorate the Christmas tree. Out came boxes of treasured ornaments, many of them handed down and filled with special memories. One box contained some very beautiful glass ornaments that sparkled with jewel tone luster and fine details. Carefully lifting these from the box she thoughtfully proceeded to place them on the back of the tree and the side that was against the living room wall.
“Mam-maw, why did you put those pretty ones in the back? No one can see them back there.”
“Those are for the angels,” she replied with a twinkle.
Her response was magical! I never forgot that little Christmas ritual, and to this day special ornaments are hung at the back of all Martin Christmas trees.
Some things we do as church musicians go largely unnoticed, and often unappreciated. Many non-musicians cannot imagine the amount of preparation and behind-the-scenes work that goes into curating a thriving church music program. Many of the things behind the scenes are just as important as those that receive public recognition. Some of your most important ministry offerings are done in secret and are cherished decorations for the heart! Remember those faithful rituals, those sacred “ornaments,” are for the angels!