I’ve been playing the electric bass guitar on the worship team at my church for about 3 years. One of the many things I enjoy about being on the worship team is the view I get from being on stage. It’s fun to look out and see the people in the audience and even the others on stage. And sometimes, I’m fortunate to see things other people don’t.
For example, last week during the service, we had a young family come up and read some Scripture as part of the fourth Sunday of Advent. The family consisted of mom, dad, and two young boys, who had to be about 4 and 7. They stood in front of me and to the right, not more than about 10 feet away.
Mom and dad each read a section of scripture before handing the microphone to the 7-year-old, who began reading his lines in a nervous young voice. As I was watching from behind, I noticed the dad place his hand on his oldest son’s shoulder in a gesture of support. As the boy began to read, the dad moved his hand and began gently scratching the boys back, to provide comfort and reassure him that he was doing just fine. It was a beautiful picture of a father being present. I’m grateful that I had a front row seat to this event… and I’m glad I noticed.
From an elderly husband holding a door open for his wife, to a reassuring touch to a child from a loving parent, to a heart-felt slap on the back from a good friend, these types of touching scenes are happening all around us, and they often go unnoticed.
I encourage you to keep your eyes open for these occurrences around you. Not only will it make you feel good, but may it also encourage us to go and do likewise to those we care about.