The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. Carl Jung
Meditation: A year ago I noticed how our German immigrant church needed to find a new way of bringing more German families into our community. We had just offered a Protestant confirmation classes for two years in a row, yet the past year only one confirmand of three had remained until the confirmation, as two moved away. When I received a phone call from a German Catholic mother who was looking for a First Communion class for her daughter and who mentioned that there were several of her friends who might join, images began playing in my mind. What if our church could find a way to offer what these families were seeking? I loved the idea of including our German Catholic families more than before. And so the Church Council and I started playing with the idea. I am happy to report that last Sunday, our German church offered a First Communion Mess to seven catholic children ages 6-9. We flew in an open minded Catholic priest from Germany who offered the sacrament of first confession and first communion to our Catholic Families. For the past months I had offered nine month of weekly teachings to the children while following Catholic teaching materials in German. A new thing! Refreshing, playful, joyfully lived ecumenism!
Prayer: God, I am amazed how a simple dream has come to full fruition as things have aligned. Thank You for showing us what was needed. Thank You for Your playful Spirit who knew how to bridge the ocean and the denomination divide. Pentecost is real. The Trinity is a powerful community of creative energy and transcending possibilities. And the Church is invited to mirror this reality. And we are grateful! Amen
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19