by Rev. Kathy Bouchard
I never know what will happen when the children gather for children’s worship on Sunday mornings, but I know that something important will happen because it is a time when we encounter God in new and meaningful ways. This past Sunday was no exception. John O’Neal usually spends time with the children, teaching them simple musical prayers accompanied by xylophone. When the decision was made for him not to join us on Sunday, I thought it would be fine to have a day without songs. I knew we would miss the music, but also knew that it would open up time for something different to happen. We settled into our circle on the floor and talked a little about things important to the children before hearing the Bible story. As the children moved to stations around the room to paint, draw, sculpt, browse, etc. we chatted about all kinds of things. I don’t remember what prompted it, but one of the children suddenly said, “I have a song of peace!” With a little coaxing she sang it for us. It was about being a light of peace in the world. It was the sweetest sound I had heard in a long time, unrehearsed and filled with joy. Then another child chimed in, “I have a peace song, too!” This one we all knew, “I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.” We sang it together as we worked at the stations.
We all have a song of peace within us. It might be an actual song or a skill that brings a little light into the darkness. What struck me on Sunday was how beautiful it was to have a spontaneous sharing of peace songs. Our peace songs are most beautiful when they are shared. What is your peace song and how will you share it this week?