As I mentioned in a previous post, I write for and edit my church’s weekly E-News. I have decided to begin sharing those posts here, too. I mean, they are writing that I do, right?! Since the E-News goes out on Thursdays, I will share my writing for it on Friday–Faith on Fridays. I’m going to kick this off with a piece that I wrote last year:
“Out of the mouths of babes and infants,” Jesus says in Matthew of the Kings James version of the Bible, “you have perfected praise”. I was reminded of this passage when a friend, one of my fellow teachers, sent me a picture that her daughter Cella had colored at her nursery school:
Cella goes to a Catholic nursery school. My friend sends Cella there because it’s a good school, even though my friend is not Catholic, nor is she particularly religious.
Obviously, my friend sent it to me because of that rainbow sheep, down on the left-hand side of the Good Shepherd’s Sheepfold. Cella gets it: the Good Shepherd, Jesus, is there for all of us, not just for the purple sheep. Or the blue sheep. Or the red sheep. Or the orange sheep. God’s love—begun with God’s creation, sealed with his covenant to Abraham, and perfected in sending his Son the Good Shepherd—is for everyone.
This is the beauty of our little church in Woodstock, where we “welcome all people and celebrate the diversity of our community.” In fact, this is the beauty of the Episcopal Church, where we can see someone like ourselves, regardless of our race, gender, or sexual orientation, in the pews, at the communion rail, and on the altar, consecrating the bread and wine.
In Matthew, Jesus is reminding the priests and teachers at the temple of Psalm 8:2, “Through the praise of children and infants/you have established a stronghold against your enemies,/to silence the foe and avenger.” I am reminded of our diversity every time we pray for “Katharine our Presiding Bishop.” And, I thank Cella for re-reminding us (and for reminding the Sisters at her nursery school) of our diversity and God’s love for all—out of the mouths of babes.