I enjoyed "This Is Me" in the The Greatest Showman, and thought it was a pretty good song. I wasn't prepared for the impact it made on me recently.
Despite all that, when the music teacher asked for soloists for the spring concert, her hand shot up. And she nailed it! How strong and brave she was as she sang "This is Me" from her pain.
Wrong! The now familiar song began as photos started to float by. And then came the powerful statement of validation as pictures of special needs kids and "normal" studio students danced together.
I wish you could have seen the joy on all of their faces! At the end of the dance, each dancer busted a sign over her/his leg with the name of her/his disability. It chokes me up just writing about it.
Of course we were thrilled at Gracie's two dances, but beginning the recital with the affirmation that we are all God's children was amazing.
Jesus knew what it was like to be considered less. Religious rulers dissed the Son of God every chance they got. It didn't seem to phase Him. Jesus seems to have given as good as He got.
Jesus said, “Right—and you can read it for yourselves in your Bibles:
The stone the masons threw out
is now the cornerstone.
This is God’s work;
we rub our eyes, we can hardly believe it!
“This is the way it is with you. God’s kingdom will be taken back from you and handed over to a people who will live out a kingdom life. Whoever stumbles on this Stone gets shattered; whoever the Stone falls on gets smashed.”
Matthew 21: 42-44 MSG
The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2 RSV