This spring, Alyssa Metts traveled with the XU Gospel Choir on tour, singing and doing service over Spring Break in New York New Jersey and Boston. She shared this reflection at iPraise just after the trip. Above- members of the choir serve meals while on tour.
Service to me is being selfless. Its seeing a need and meeting that need. The writer of Acts says in Acts 20:35 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Xavier’s Gospel choir had the chance to travel North and be a blessing to many. Tour was absolutely amazing and God moved in such a way that left an impact on me. We traveled to New York, Boston, and New Jersey and while there we ministered to people through song and service work. While we were at a homeless shelter, we encountered a man who turned out to be a blessing to us. His situation had to be difficult and I imagine he didn’t have a lot but yet he walked through the doors of the shelter with a smile on his face and a praise in his heart. After greeting and serving the people food, we sang and he jumped right up, danced, and clapped his hands with us.
It is important to sow good seeds in people’s lives. You never know what someone may need to hear or experience. We are vessels of God and we should always allow for Him to be seen in us. In Genesis 4:9, Cain posed the question to God “Am I my brother’s keeper?” If he had asked me, my response would simply be yes. We are here to share the love of God and we do that by serving others. Life isn’t just about you or what you can get. Its about taking care of those who may not be able to take care of themselves. Its about looking to help a friend, family member, or even a stranger. If the choir hadn’t gone to Boston, would the people at the nursing home have gotten the encouragement that they needed? Would the older lady in the front row have shed a tear and thanked us for coming? Would the people at the homeless shelter have received the encouragement that they too are champions and overcome by the blood of the lamb? Would the church in New York have gotten the opportunity to see a group of young people from Cincinnati, OH travel 13+ hours away from school to sing, minister, and declare that where the Spirit of the Lord our God is at rest there is freedom? My guess is maybe not. So I encourage you to be obedient to God and to serve Him by serving His people.
Alyssa Metts is a first year student who is studying marketing at Xavier. She grew up not too far from here and graduated from Lakota West High School (why do Cincinnatians always ask what high school you went to?). She is a dedicated member of the Gospel Choir and brings an amazing depth to whatever she does. Watch out, she is sure to do big things on this campus in the next three years.