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What is she teaching you?

At a Deaconess Board Retreat, this question was posed:

“Think of one person in your context…what is that person teaching you?”

The first person who came to mind for me was a 4 yr. old in my congregation.  When she’s there on a Sunday morning, this little girl sits with her parents until the children’s sermon.  When it’s time for the children’s sermon, she runs up and sits directly next to the pastor on the steps of the altar space.  She listens intently to the children’s sermon, with her own stream of comments and questions that show she’s thinking…sometimes about what the pastor is talking about.  At the end of the children’s sermon, the pastor says, “if you are age 3-grade 5, you can follow Sr. Michelle to KidsTown.”  I start walking down the aisle, and as I get to the baptismal font near the entrance to the sanctuary, almost every week I hear this voice calling out, “Michelle!  Wait for me!”  I turn around and see this 4 yr. old running down the aisle, passing the other kids to get to the front of the line, where she slips her hand into mine and says, “I’m coming to KidsTown today.”

So what is this 4 yr. old teaching me about my call, about my ministry, or about what God is saying to me at this time?

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Wednesday in Jamaica: Maroons and Blue Mountain coffee

Today’s word was ‘sacrifice,’ and our conversation over breakfast circulated again around Phil. 2.  My reflection is that acts of sacrifice are important…adopting kids, selling everything to move overseas, living on one income to spend more time volunteering, etc.  yes…perhaps we should do that more often as Christians.  But what struck me from the text is that it says, “your ATTITUDE should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…who did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing..”  More than acts of sacrifice, I think scripture calls for attitudes of sacrifice.  And that doesn’t have to mean big things.  That can mean letting someone have the last word in a discussion.  It can mean being patient with interruptions to the schedule.  It can mean consistently putting others before yourself.  That will probably lead to some acts…but it starts with attitude.

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