Why We Rejoice When a Girl with Autism Sings ‘Hallelujah’

Kaylee Rodgers is autistic. When she began school, she wouldn’t talk or read in class. Now a video of her singing the lead in Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” has gone viral. It’s impossible to hear her sing about Jesus’ birth and not be moved by her gifts and God’s grace.

Another video making headlines is the reunion of Matt and Bo Farrell. Matt plays point guard for Notre Dame; Bo serves with the Army in Afghanistan. After last Monday’s game, the stadium displayed a video message from Bo to his little brother. Then Bo walked onto the court, shocking Matt.

Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and his staff had been planning the reunion since Bo was deployed in May. Matt told reporters, “We don’t ask for much for Christmas, so this is the best present I’ve ever gotten.”

It is impossible to watch either video without being moved deeply. Why? And why are such messages especially welcome at Christmas?

There’s something in us that recoils at the conflict between the tragedies of our day and the birth of the Prince of Peace. We watch the manhunt for the Berlin truck terrorist and grieve for the victims of the Mexico City explosion. We are shocked to learn that human traffickers aretrapping more children into forced labor than ever. As we read the news, we know instinctively that this world is not the way it was meant to be. We were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), and we long to be restored to what God created us to be. (Click to Article)

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