Speaking in Hope

Our AfterSchool Programs only recently started up again, and I’m already being reminded of why children are so much fun to work with and how they embody the type of faith that many “grown-ups” could benefit from.

Last week I visited Camp Agape to share an options class with the children. So I decided to take my guitar to camp, print out some songs for them to learn, and just have some fun singing together. Everything, basically, went according to plan and I was encouraged to see them leave that class humming the songs we had just learned.

The reminder I mentioned earlier came at the beginning of the class. I had a large, guitar-shaped case by my side. And I asked the question, “Who can guess what we’re going to be learning about today?” I assumed it would be really self-evident, and I had a throwaway joke ready for when they cried out “guitar” in unison...but they didn’t say guitar. They said, “Magic!” I have many hobbies, but obviously the one children know me best for is always magic.

I laughed to myself, thinking about the big, black, guitar-shaped elephant in the room that said otherwise, but later it was a heartwarming reminder that children sometimes say what they want, not what they see. They saw me come up the hill to camp with a guitar and, I don’t know how, but they assumed: magic show.

Faith works that way—you don’t talk about what you see but what you hope for. I would love to see a storm approaching and delight in the sunshine to come, or go into a budget meeting believing I was walking into a donut-eating competition. On a more significant note, I’d love to see the sick and have faith for healing. I’d love to see a “lost cause” and see a life of purpose. I’d love to see the world as it should be, not as it is. I’d love to have the faith of a child.


Hugh Stacey - Executive Director