May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-‐7 NRSV
Participating in worship on Children's Sabbath at our church I was struck with how we are blessed by the number of children that we have in our midst. That day the choir
loft was filled with boys and girls. As part of the service some of the children shared
poems that they had been working on in Sunday School based on the style used by
Margaret Wise Brown in her book The Most Important Thing. In these poems the boy and girls listed what is important to them about church. These are some of the lines
from the poems and the names of the children that read them:
Lue The Dah Thaw:
The most important thing about church is that God is there.
The important thing about church is God always forgives you.
Hser Eh Say Ku:
The most important thing about church is people coming together.
Day Day Htoo Po:
The most important thing about church is having Sunday School to learn about God.
The most important thing about church is that we learn more about God and we sing.
I was awed by the ability of the children to name some of the same things that we as
adults would mention if listing the things that matter the most to us. In years past
several of us have worried that we did not have young families in our church that could
be nurtured and would in turn give our community hope for the future.
God works in most unexpected ways. We have amongst us now many new families
with young children, teenagers, parents, and grandparents. We have been given the
opportunity to learn from each other, including the children, and to work together as
we walk in the Way of Jesus.
Dear God: Thank you that we can learn from each other to know what is important.