I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have been blessed by our children at St. David’s (particularly in the context of worship). They may not realize it, but each one has taught me so very much about how you and I can and should encounter the wonderful love and playfulness of God. Let me give you just a few examples.
To Zoe – thank you for showing me that God always gives us a choice and that we share with others what it is we choose with God. When communion takes place, Zoe takes the time to be selective on which piece of Christ’s Body she wants. Typically, she takes two pieces and gives the other to her grandmother or grandfather. From this wonderful girl, I learn that God is open to what we opt to do and finds a way to bless the moment.
To Jazmine – Thank you for showing me how to delight and to play with God in the moment of worship. It is Jazmine who is unafraid to run up the aisle, dancing with joy and elation. Often we treat being with God on Sunday as a somber, serious and formal experience. Even though these elements are a part of the liturgy, Jazmine dancing down the aisle after receiving communion demonstrates that being with God is holy play, in which we can free ourselves from typical constraints and simply enter the love and happiness God intends for us to embrace.
To Spencer – Thank you for showing me that God is not only good, but amazingly wonderful and great. This past Sunday, I approached this incredible child of God with the paten only to hear him loudly proclaim, “YUMMY”. The food God feeds us goes beyond being good for us. The food fills us with life and the food is remarkable and tasty. “The Body of Christ, the Bread of Heaven.” brings us into a place of being nourished more than we can ever imagine. We should give thanks to God for what God gives us with as much enthusiasm as we can muster.
To choose. To play. To give thanks. How we enter into the holiness of God as found in Jesus deepens our spiritual understanding of what it means to be loved. Again, thank you to our children who have a great deal to offer us as it pertains to God.