Sunday, May 12, 2013

Worship: A way of life by Lucy Davey

We are called to a life of worship.  We don’t need to worship God in a particular place or at a particular time. Worship is something that can happen every day in lots of ways, if we let it.
I was recently moved by a story of Gaby and Isaac, four year olds whose worship in a sick-room brought comfort and peace.
Ingrid de Villiers, a teacher at St Heliers Presbyterian’s preschool Small Miracles shared this story:
“Gaby and Isaac attended Small Miracles since they were very young. Music plays a big part in our preschool and much of our Christian teaching is shared through music. Once a year we have a special Small Miracles celebration church service and this is often the only time many families attend church. This has been the case with Gaby and Isaac’s family. However, recently their granddad passed away and their dad told us this beautiful story about when their granddad was ill.
The children were taken to Wellington to visit their granddad in hospital where he was drifting in and out of consciousness. They sat on either side of the bed each holding their granddad’s hands. Dad noticed them whispering to each other and then they started to sing some of the songs that they had learnt at Small Miracles. They sang “Jesus is the Light” and “Walk in the Light” (really loudly according to their father).
Later, when their granddad was having a lucid moment he told their dad how much their singing had meant to him and how special and uplifting it was. Apparently Granddad was a religious man and I think it meant so much to him.
Gaby and Isaac have both left us to go to school but we sense that the Christian values and experience they have received at Small Miracles will be with them forever. Their parents have acknowledged this too.”
As we start thinking of our whole lives as worship to God, it transforms the way we view life and the things we do.  Whatever our age, wherever we are, whatever we do, we can bring glory to God.
At four, Gaby and Isaac seemed to intuitively understand this. Let’s keep learning from the children in our midst.
He called a little child, whom he placed among them. And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.   Matthew 18:2-3
Lucy Davey
(Lucy was a valued member of our Kids Friendly team from 2011 to 2012 until she moved South!  But she is still a wonderful advocate and encourager to Kids Friendly and a real attribute to her church Upper Clutha Presbyterian in Wanaka.  Lucy is also an accomplished children's author

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