My Sunday sermon celebrated God’s wisdom and playfulness. And lo and behold, on the very same day, reading in the afternoon from The Prayer Bench, an internet site, its “Stroll for your Soul 2020” is celebrating – A Pattern Made by Play! Isn’t it interesting how things can connect in surprising ways! So I share the article with you, and this is what it says:
Today we play.
Play nurtures our capacity for wonder, curiosity and awe.
Play is what we enter with our whole selves.
Play is spiritual practice.
Play invites us into the full grace of being in the moment.
Play calls us to do things at the right speed, to savour the tastes, smells, and sounds of life.
Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning, creating order and making meaning.
Play is a creative energy let go for the common good.
Play is our response to Wisdom calling.
“I, God, am your playmate!
I will lead the child in you in wonderful ways,
for I have chosen you.” — Metchild of Magdeburg
When it comes to urgent possibilities in this time, holy play is right up there with compassion and respect. Anything can be play — if we bring our playful spirit to it.
The article connects God’s Wisdom with play! Just exactly what I was emphasizing in my sermon. The article says: “I, God, am your playmate!” So, there is a strong message here. From Wisdom. We’d better get playing. The article includes a video of Charlie skipping rocks:
The article also includes some playful examples to try:
Does your stroll take you near water where you can skip stones too? Or perhaps you can float a stick or make a few ripples with the toe of your walking shoe? Lose yourself for a moment in an activity that completely absorbs your attention. Not near water? Well, maybe you can skip? You, yourself! Or find a twig and draw in the dust. Or make a mud pie if it is a “mud-lucious” and “puddle-wonderful” day. (Thank you e.e cummings for such playful images.)
Jesus tells us: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” John 15: 11. Jesus is talking about God’s love for him, and Jesus’ love for us. Jesus says that just as he has remained in his Father’s love, we are to remain in his love, “so that my joy may be in you.”
Now if God’s joy and Jesus’ joy includes playfulness, then let’s look for that today!