Children and Discernment

Today, the congregation I attend has a meeting. Decisions need to be made. But they are discernment decisions not what color should the carpet be decisions.

I get to provide the children’s moment during the worship service which comes before the “meeting”. How do I introduce the idea of discernment to children?

It is all planned, I know what I’m going to say. We’re going to ask the people in the congregation how they spiritually prepared for today’s meeting. We won’t put anyone on the spot, but we’ll glean all the ways ….the different ways….that people have prepared.

Take my own discernment for today. 2 things have come clear to me. I am to remain primarily silent and to listen should God want to speak through me. This I will do. But I’ve also been praying for Pastor Matt and our Leadership Team Chair Todd. That was how I was led to prep and what came out of my prep.

So, I think ultimately I’m doing a children’s sermon for the adults.

Because the kids already get it. They are already plugged into desire and goodness, fear and honest responses. They will hide behind a grandmother’s skirt (literally!), they will shout out ideas with courage, they will show their fear, their joy, their confusion.

They just will.

They won’t cover it up.

They are closer to God than all of us pious adults who are secretly praying for THIS outcome while seeking God’s will. But we won’t be honest about it.

Let it go, people.

Let it go.

Let our fears be released, our agenda’s crumpled and tossed into the wood stove, our love of status combined with the corn and turned into food for another life.

We only need to be where God would have us be.

And if we didn’t pay attention before as God led us? God will create a new opportunity. That is repentance. That is turning. And we humans…we adult humans….need to turn again and again and again. There is no loss of face in this. There is no shame in this. There is only God in the turning and choosing and following and redeeming.

So….chooose boldly. Choose honestly. The Sacred will weave windows, will design doors, will plant paths if we should go astray.





Thank you, John Boehner

Thank you John Boehner, Speaker of the House.

You have given all of us, this day, a crystal clear model of how to build and secure a legacy. You’ve waged war on your own political career. You’ve halted progress. Bravo.

You were the leader put into place to lead. You have followed and then used your power to halt progress.

And we will remember you for this.

Friends, amidst the flurry of “F U”s flinging across the facebookscape, I invite you to pause and thank John Boenhner for this moment to reflect on building and securing your own legacy.

This is more than pondering your eulogy and what you hope that the folks who come emotionally up to the microphones to share, might say.

this is about how you are living now, that will affect and impact what your life looks like 3 years from now….30 years from now.

Stop for a moment, and consider your mood when you walked to work, went to class, got up to take care of the kids.

Consider the clothing you chose to wear, the reaction to the traffic, the first words out of your mouth around colleagues. What will be seen and assumed?

You are building and securing your legacy. What will it be?

Me? I’m dreaming Large these days. Imagining wisdom and insight and inner calm that can roll through any wave. imagining a body that will take me into my 80s with vim and vigor. I am counting on a lasting love affair into my 90s. Is that the legacy I am actually building and securing? This morning, yes. Tomorrow? I hope, it hasn’t arrived yet. But today, yes.

How can I help you build? How can I bear witness to your legacy and your realized potential? I do believe in you. Let’s go.

So, thank YOU, dear reader, for unplugging your own halts to progress, whatever they may be.

Thank YOU, dear reader, for imagining solutions rather than voicing contempt.

Changing, right alongside you,