Brett (Embody’s seminary intern) plays the djembe (it’s a drum).  He plays it very well, and it adds a lot to our worship.  He’s able to create a mood that is just right and helps usher people into God’s presence with the movements of his hands.  It’s remarkable, really.

Months ago a gal named Kathy noticed that Alex was tapping his hands along with the rhythm of the music and brought him a little drum (tiny version of Brett’s djembe).  Now…whenever Brett is playing the drum on Sunday morning, there’s Alex right next to him playing his little drum.

It’s a beautiful picture, really.  The older, more experienced Brett doing what he’s trained his hands and heart to do.  The younger, less experienced Alex watching Brett’s hands and mimicking his movements.  Brett leans over and whispers something into Alex’s ear in the middle of the song and they both start playing more quietly during a particular part of the song – Brett with an invisible lessening of pressure and Alex by playing with his fingers instead of his whole hand.

I watch Brett training Alex and giving him tips and help and it gives me hope.  Not just for Alex and the possible future of a complete drumset up in his bedroom in 5-6 years (yikes), but for the church in general.  It’s the picture we need to see everywhere and in our own lives: older, more experienced Christians (doing what their hands and hearts are trained to do) leaning sideways to teach a younger, less experienced Christian how to walk the way of Jesus.

Which one are you?  Do you have a partner for the journey?  If not…it’s time to follow Jesus words more closely, “Therefore, go and make disciples…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

  1. November 30, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    What a blessing for Alex to sit at the feet of a more experienced man. Titus 2, anyone???

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