We ask that life be kind
And watch us from above
We hope each soul will find
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child …
Need to find a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe.*
Neither the audience nor the judges were expecting much from this duo, especially from Jonathan. The large young man stepped on stage in a faded Hendrix t-shirt, baggy jeans, and long, curly hair that nearly shouted nerd. Nobody. As the camera panned the audience, there was no mistaking where disdain was high and expectations low. One judge challenged them immediately, demanding. “Who’s idea was this?” Clearly, they were about to waste his valuable time. His hollow good luck wishes and sarcasm cast a shadow on the audience like a dark cloud passing.
And then Jonathan opened his mouth and began to sing “The Prayer” in tremendous operatic fashion. Charlotte’s clear accompaniment created a strong and sweet meld. And a few moments later, the audience leapt to their feet in spontaneous ovation as that same judge gathered his flapping jaw off the floor. Many, like me, were wiping tears from their eyes at the immense beauty and sheer poetic justice of it all. It was powerful.
But even more than their talent, I was impressed by their friendship. Charlotte gave to Jonathan the courage and self-confidence to get up on stage. He knew that he would face hecklers but he wouldn’t have to face them alone. Jonathan gave to Charlotte an opportunity to enter the big leagues. She can clearly go farther with him than on her own. And Jonathan didn’t hesitate for an instant when encouraged to dump Charlotte and go solo for the gold. “We’ve come on here as a duo and we’re gonna’ stay as a duo.” To this, the audience erupted again in extraordinary affirmation. These are young people of admirable character.
His response immediately called to mind another Jonathan. I Samuel 19-20 tells the story. King Saul sought to kill David. His own son and heir, Jonathan, was determined to save his friend’s life. Jonathan made a vow to David and kept his promise at great personal risk. Scripture reveals that Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself. This is a powerful claim few can make in good faith.
May we each be such a friend, may we each have such a friend, even once.