Notes from Jan

Pint Sized Preacher

May 1, 2017

Our church bulletin boldly states,”We thank God for every child at Christ Church.  Children are welcome in our worship services.”  I like hearing babies cry, children giggle,  sounds of real life. The exception, for most of us,  would be our children or grands breaking into the silence or solemnity. Theirs so entertaining, ours, not so much.

This general welcome gets tested, especially with Baptisms.  Yesterday, after we’d “received, little Lila, into the household of God,”   her big sister, around age three, escaped from the pew and scurried to the front where Father Patrick stood welcoming and announcing coming happenings.  If I recall correctly, it was when he asked for volunteers to help with workday that she sped towards the altar and smiled up at our pastor.

Who wouldn’t welcome such a child!   She so eager, smiling, catching the spirit of the welcome, the plea for help, if not understanding all involved.  No wonder Jesus said to his disciples and the rest of us, “Don’t push these children away.  Don’t ever get between them and me.  These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom.” (Mark 9:14 The Message)

Patrick calmly took her hand, not in a death-grip as I might have done, where she stood smiling up at him, then us,  while wordlessly preaching the joy of volunteering and coming alongside a pastor.

When Patrick announced the offering, she took off.

She wasn’t comfortable talking about money, any more than rest of us.

Later, her Dad said, “”I’m just thankful she didn’t start splashing in the baptismal font.”

Jesus wouldn’t mind.

If splashed, I hope my first thoughts wouldn’t  have been about my hair.


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  • Reply Penny Wingate May 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Nice Jan!

  • Reply Carol Taylor May 1, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    One of my favorite Christmas memories: Margaret was a four year old ” sheep” in a nativity being enacted while children’s choirs sweetly sang, ” I the lamb now kneel in love; Gloria, Gloria.” Her two year old sister escaped from Daddy and made her way to the front in her red plaid dress and white tights, where her voice clearly rang out over the choir of 75 or 100 children,”I want to see baby Jesus too!” Mark figured letting her continue with her quest was not nearly as disruptive as him also making his way to the platform and pulling the child away! Lots of people wondered how we had gotten her to do that it just the right moment since she was barely 2 .

  • Reply Randall K Mathews May 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Great blog, Jan about kids and their unpredictable antics. Your two grands came into our pew at the passing of the peace and gave me their usual warm embrace. Maggie’s first words to me were about her and Kate’s new dog, Cozy. She was eager to share her exciting news about Cozy. She wasn’t concerned about peace for the moment. I forgot to ask her what breed Cozy was.

  • Reply Radina Welton May 1, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    All of it a scene that’s not hard to imagine for this mom/grandma, right down to the splashed hair. Smile. Again, a beautiful picture of who Jesus is in our daily episodes.

  • Reply Ruth S. Wacome May 1, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Touching and delightful, Jan. Definitely made me smile.

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