Childlike Wonder

"People were bringing even infants to Jesus that he might touch them, and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."

Luke 18:15-17

Next Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary is the Spring Choir Concert, Echoes of Creation: A Choral Celebration of the Earth in which the choir will share music about the natural world, and our human interaction with the Sacred and Holy, expressed in nature. Photography will accompany this concert to enrich the listening experience. In the second half of this concert, the choir will share the choral song cycle I composed, Pilgrimage Through Sacred Lands, choral settings of some of my poetry and writings from my sabbatical trip to the national and state parks of Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and South Dakota. One writing that is not part of the song cycle is “Arches National Park: Sand Dune Arch.” I share it with you here:

What joy! What giddy childhood delight!

I am five again!

Look! Look! A balance beam.

Don’t fall in the mud!

What’s this, this new surprise?...

A slot canyon!

I’m not scared! I’m brave! I’m five!

I beam with joy. What is next?

Yipee! A big burnt sienna sand box.

I squish and squoosh.

The raven laughs in tenor tones anticipating the next surprise…

Sand dune arch — you silly dinosaurs kissing.

Giggle, giggle, glee.

We share our stories; we laugh; we smile.

Faces beaming. We are five.

In approaching my sabbatical experience with childlike eyes, with openness and wonder, I was able to interact with the Holy in new and unexpected ways. I hope that you plan on attending this concert and that you are filled through images and music with a childlike wonder. I hope that this concert will call forth your own memories of experiences of the Sacred in the natural world — especially those in our national parks.

Prayer: Creator God, help us to stop, look, and listen with childlike wonder to all that you have made and give thanks, for it is good. Amen.

More Devotionals

Let there be Light

By: Todd Rider

"For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ."

2 Corinthians 4:6

Turn Around

By: Rev. Ron Kurtz

"See what great love God has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"

1 John 3:1

Night Sail to Rockland

By: Mark Patrick

"See what great love God has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"

1 John 3:1

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