C8 signed her first ASL word at about eight months. We were glued to the Signing Time series when she was a baby and toddler.
Fast forward to this past spring. C8 took a Sign Language class at our co-op. What I didn't know was that her teacher, 17 year old Ms. A, had planned for her class to learn two worship songs. They would perform for our whole co-op at the end of the semester. The performance was beautiful and so moving.
Since then, C8 has incorporated ASL into her personal worship. She loves Jesus so much, and signing is such a beautiful way to bring honor and praise to our Lord.
A couple of Sundays ago, C8 was worshiping in her beautiful way and without knowing, touched hearts-even while we were in the back row. She was asked by one of our pastors if she would do "that" on stage in a couple of weeks. Not only is a beautiful and touching way to worship for those of us who can hear, it is also a wonderful way to share Jesus with those who cannot hear. Our church is sensitive to the special needs community and reaches out in many ways to assist them.
Ms. A helped C8 learn the signs in just two hours one afternoon. C8 practiced for three days to get the timing down.
This is what came from her heart last Sunday. I can feel Jesus when she signs. There is something so personal about this form of worship.
Our hope is that you are blessed and that you are inspired to use your unique God given talents to bless others.