God Isn’t Done with Me Yet

By Willa Frey of Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Even children make themselves known by their acts, by whether what they do is pure and right.  Proverbs 20:11

The students of my classroom were finishing their work, collecting homework assignments, and in other ways preparing for the end of another school day. A beautiful day called eagerly to the children to come out and play.

Susan was finishing a drawing she had been working on for some time—she had a few minutes to spare. She walked up to my desk slowly and, a little anxiously, offered the drawing to me with these words, “This is for you.”

She had carefully traced a picture from the front of her binder. It was a happy, pig-tailed girl with a missing front tooth (much like herself). It said, “Just be patient. Remember, God isn’t done with me yet.” I accepted the picture with a smile, commenting on her careful work.

I thanked her and reminded her to remember God wasn’t done with me yet either, and I asked her to please be patient with me. We were both “works in progress” as was everyone else in the room.

A quick hug and a smile assured her we were companions on life’s journey.

Prayer for Peace:

Divine Parent, may our children know you understand their “growing pains.” May they know your creative Spirit will guide them to be all they are capable of being; that they have companions on the journey who are still growing, too. May we grow together as we share the peace of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices

Each day this week prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and for creation.

Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most. Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?”

Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will be open to the ways I need to change and grow to help bring about the peaceable kingdom.

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