Morning play

1 John 3:18 Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

I was sitting with my older grandson,
so the rest of the house could sleep.

Ok, I won’t lie in a biblical reflection –
I was delighted each morning
for this time by ourselves
before the household rises,
virtual kindergarten starts for him,
his little brother
demands to play running games.

Though the running games are fun, too,
titanium knee and all –
I love the way it gets my heart-rate up
in a couple different ways.

But back to the holy pause-before-toast.
I watch and listen to him
act out small dramas
in a Lego world.
Today he has two minifigures
in blue with badges,

and one says to the other,
“What shall we do today?”
And the other responds,
“Let’s learn to be better police.”  

In a world where running
means so very often that black people
are trying not to die,
not to break hearts that love them,

it is not little children
who need to listen to John’s words.

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10 Responses to Morning play

  1. Laurie Rowan says:

    Wow! Powerful message, Maren. Your grandson is so aware of what’s happening in the grownup world and it has filtered into his play. Let’s hope the grownup world gets that same message.

  2. Deane says:

    Oh Maren! He is a treasure! Someone said “In the eyes of a child you will see the world as it should be.” Bless him and the time you all shared ❤️

  3. Maren says:

    Thanks so much! They both are, just a kindergartener is more verbal!

  4. A compelling message out of the mouth of your grandbaby!! Thank you for sharing, Maren.💜

  5. Thanks for sharing that special story with your grandson. What a precious child.

  6. Poignant, powerful and evocative, as your work so often is – and also I’m grateful that you shared a moment with your grandson – I don’t have any grandchildren, and sometimes wish I did. I love it when members of the congregation occasionally bring grandchildren to church. They bring us intuitive wisdom and delight.

    • Maren says:

      Thank you so much, Barbara. One wondrous thing about grandchildren and church children is having the chance to listen to them, especially when they are not trying to “perform” but only say what they are thinking.

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