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.