And A Little Child Shall Lead Them

by Charlotte Long, Director of Youth Ministries

Don't forget! Springtime is here, and that means children are happy and running on the lawn! What better time for Youth Sunday! The 11th of May is everyone's favorite Sunday service, with youth preachers, children singing and a recognition of all that is happening in the future of our church - that is, in the faces and hands of our children and youth.

They make up such a substantial part of our community, and yet perhaps you never get to see them! Either because they are with teachers downstairs discussing where they see God in the High School halls, or upstairs in the Chapel sitting in a circle on the rug learning about Jesus's miracles, or off on a service project with Mrs. Mary or myself, or singing their hearts out with Bill... they are at all times, without trying, living their prayer.

Prayer for children can be so much more effortless than it can be for us. They understand instinctively that God is nearer than breathing, that prayer can be any and all actions you do for God.

Or, as poet Alla Renée Bozarth writes:

Learn and play your prayer,
work and rest your prayer,
fast and feast your prayer,
argue, talk, whisper, listen and shout your prayer,
groan and moan and spit and sneeze your prayer,
swim and hunt and cook your prayer,
digest and become your prayer.

How simple! How joy-filled! Come see your children, the future of the church, and their ideas on God! We all might catch a glimpse of that effortless kind of relationship with God.