I have been with the New England Association of United Church Educators at their annual meeting on Cape Cod. I love Christian educators. It is what I want to be when I grow down … and find the roots of me.
A Prayer for Play
God, let me never be too old to fly a kite,
looking into the sky, trusting the wind.
Let me not be too grand,
or grounded in responsibility
to swing high from an oak tree branch,
or build a castle in the sand
that waves will wash away.
How little like a job or housekeeping
is the flash of jacks,
the sharing of the red rubber ball
with a good, good friend,
or the skip-litany hip hop
of urban-alley jump rope,
how sweet and chancel
the prayer circle of sidewalk chalk,
fire hydrant’s splash,
and the holy Twister that is your church!
And while I am being silly — here’s a grace I wrote last year for a dear friend’s retirement party!!!!
Spring Grace – Pastor’s Retirement party
Improv on “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” (Norworth, Von Tilzer,1908)
Bring us in – let our hearts flame.
Pitch us smiles, walk us home.
Grace church suppers and sacraments,
quiet Sundays and big life events!
Now it’s faith, hope, love for the world’s dream –
if we can’t share, it’s a shame.
May this meal! church! pastor! be blessed…
In our God’s bright name!