- Updated: 05 December 2016
… and this is the week of my annual acting role in Moreno Valley. Disguised as a saint with a big belly, I will dig deep into my psyche to muster the enthusiasm of jolly ol’ St. Nick for about 125 kindergarteners at Lisa’s elementary school. Each year I ask if there isn’t someone else who’d like to play the part, but each year I get the same answer… No.
So, on Friday, instead of channeling my inner Phil Mickelson on the North Course, I will be sporting the Red Suit and white beard and lifting these amazing 5 year olds onto a knee and looking into their wondering eyes… to have a moment. That’s really all I want, is for those sweet children to have a moment that is filled with love, joy, peace, hope and fun! If you would be so kind as to pray that I will succeed in giving all of the children a moment… I’d be very grateful.
It is asking a lot, I know, because every year I struggle with the deception angle. But every year I come back to the same conclusion, that it is a good thing to allow children to experience the wonder of Santa for the season of their life that it is fun to make believe. The most difficult part for me is… well, acting. Thankfully, the audience is an inexperienced group whose thrill of meeting Santa overrides their criticism of the fool in the red suit! Please pray for me!
For His glory,