An ending and a beginning

I just completed three intense days of training to become certified as a Godly Play teacher. As we ended the training, we gathered in a circle around a large model of the liturgical church year calendar, each holding on to a piece of ribbon that started as a time line but became a circle. We tied the beginning of what was that line to the ending, creating that circle of time that we see in the church year. Every ending is a beginning.

As I begin a my time teaching Godly Play to the children at our church, wanting to commit my energies to doing that well, and as my daughter begins kindergarten, with my wanting to be available to volunteer at her school, I realized that I had too much going on and was not doing anything well. I did not want to give up my freelance work, so I had to choose a volunteer activity to let go of. And so, after La Leche League of Texas’s conference a few weeks ago, I wrapped up my duties as an LLL Leader. My co-Leaders are some of my favorite friends. The moms I got to know over the years are, too. I will miss that work. At the conclusion of the conference, I had the kids sing a special song to the Leaders, their moms. Our conference theme was Breastfeeding: Mothering from the Heart. And we were in Texas. This song sums up La Leche League philosophy, which in a large part, is my parenting philosophy as well.

(tune of Deep in the Heart of Texas)

My mother’s breast, for me was best

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For my birth, mom was alert

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With my mom is where I belong

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My daddy’s arms are nice and warm

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Wholesome food does my body good

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Use gentle ways to guide my days

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Thank you mom, for all you’ve done

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I am sure I will write more soon about Godly Play. After the past three day (and preparing for VBS tomorrow!) my brain is full, as is my heart. I am so inspired and challenged by this method of spiritual formation for children. I can’t wait to share it, but I need some time to process it.