As I stood in front of the mirror rolling my hair, the early morning sun shining through the window behind me, I noticed that my blue eyes looked exceptionally blue. Must be the blue dress I’m wearing.
My mind went to the sixth graders to whom I spoke last week. They were telling me what they like about their appearance and what they like about their inner qualities. One of the girls said, “I like how my eyes change color.”
“According to the time of day and what you’re wearing, you mean?,” I asked.
“Yes,” she nodded.
“Your eyes are lovely,” I affirmed.
I affirm each child as they tell me what they like about themselves.
And as I rolled the last section of hair it occurred to me that that is precisely why sixth graders love my talk.
I am God for them.
More precisely I am the part of God who delights in them.
Later in the lesson, as I point out the land mines that are lurking in adolescence, I am God’s voice saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”
And they appreciate knowing what’s what.
Later this morning, the bearers of the cross, the giant gold Bible, and the lanterns processed midway down the aisle and stopped, just as they do every Sunday. The Bible was opened and the deacon read from the gospels. And I love it. I love that the procession into the aisle represents Jesus coming among us. Jesus telling us His good news – not from afar, but from within our midst.
I jotted in my bulletin, “I want to bring an aspect of God whenever I speak – mercy, compassion, love, grace, guidance, delight.”
Wouldn’t that be something?
To bring God’s delight within a midst?
To leave each person with a sense that God finds him/her delightful?
Mr. Rogers was good at that.
I think I’ll make it my prayer.
For now, I’ll ask you what I always ask them:
What 3 things do you like most about your appearance?
What 3 things do you like most about your character/inner beauty?