by Sharon Rodriguez
This morning I saw a rainbow. It reminded me of God’s promises to us which reminded me of a song that says, “God’s promises are rainbows in the night.” (David Meece, “Rainbows in the Night”) It is when life is the hardest that we need to remember God’s promises.
- “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
- “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
- “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
MoezArt is a family. We are the Body of Christ that just happens to do theatre together. We rejoice together in life’s happenings beyond the rehearsal room and the stage.
There’s a quote that says, “When I was a child I heard an old minister say that a house was not a real home until it had been consecrated by a birth, a wedding and a death.” (Anne’s House of Dreams, L.M. Montgomery) We have had many babies born to MoezArt people over the years. Some of those babies are now students. We have had MoezArt marriages – people who met and did their courtship here in this family. And we have now lost one of our own. Scott, who went to be with the Lord two weeks ago, was the first MoezArt family member to leave us.
It is when life is hardest that we need to remember God’s promises to us.
- We remember that Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2
- We remember that we all have a heavenly Father, the same Heavenly Father.
- And we remember that we do not grieve as those who have no hope.
The theatre world is one of a never-ending cycle of goodbyes. It is why kids get to depressed when a show is over because they know they will never be with this cast again. It is why we cry on closing night, because this show is over, never to be experienced again. It is why we do senior recognition to love on those kids we are sending out into the world. We are always saying goodbye. But we do not grieve as those who have no hope. We have the hope of heaven and an eternity together. I take great comfort in knowing that our goodbyes are just for a little while. We will see our brothers and sisters in Christ again in heaven even if we never perform together again here on earth.
So, what is it that we here at MoezArt are trying to accomplish? What is our goal? Why do we exist? Why do we do theatre for kids?
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the fellowship of believers.” Galatians 6:9
Our goal is to reap a harvest of righteousness in these kids. We pray daily that we would model “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 3:23. We pray that we would be a light to the world for He says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Why do we exist?
To be a family that loves one another. Jesus said, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 (emphasis added)
We exist because the Lord put us here to do a work that He pre-ordained. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Then again we circle back to the question of “why the arts, why theatre, why for kids?”
Three good reasons:
- The arts is one of the darkest areas one could find to be a light. The world’s arts are full of jealousy, envy, power struggles, gossip, ambition and greed.
- We want to teach and show our theatre family that it can be full of God’s love, light, virtue, compassion, generosity, kindness, joy and love.
- We want to be a light to the arts community. A safe place for kids, yes, but also a means of outreach to other artists.
So, what is the point of MoezArt?
We are a family – loving one another, hoping for heaven and doing good to one another. We want to reap a harvest of righteousness in our students – teaching them through the arts. We want to do the good works that our Lord has given us to do that the world will see and give glory to Him.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
So, how can you become involved?
- Prayer for guidance – Pray for us to faithfully pursue God’s will; first the desire to know His will and a commitment to obey it when He shows us.
- Giving – God has gifted each of you in different ways – some sew, some can do music, some can teach – but each is gifted. If you believe in what God is doing here consider becoming involved and giving of your time, treasure and talent.
- Prayer – Sometimes we do become weary in doing good. Pray for our staff that we would not give up but faithfully continue to do the work He has given us to do.