Dear LPC Family and Friends,
I once knew someone who was a huge fan of the Charlie Brown comic strips. She often used them as illustrations in her sermons. In fact, I’m certain she had more than a couple of drawers filled with old, cut-out cartoons of those Charles Schultz creations, which ran for years in the Sunday papers. I remember some from her treasured collection.
One focused on Lucy as she mused aloud “I was praying for greater patience and understanding, but I quit...I was afraid I might get it.”
And then there’s the conversation between Lucy and her brother Linus as she entered his room while he was getting ready for bed. He had been kneeling in prayer beside his bed. “I think I’ve made a theological discovery,” he said to his sister. “What is it?” she asked. Linus replied, “If you hold your hands upside down you get the opposite of what you pray for.”
Or the one that may have been my friend’s favorite. Peppermint Patty is standing outside in her backyard, gazing at a night sky blanketed by a cover of stars as she says “Star light, star bright, First star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, I wish, I wish, I wish tonight…I wish I had a beautiful pony.” Her mouth breaks into a wide smile as she looks all around her backyard and waits. And waits. And waits. And waits. Finally, Peppermint Patty looks up at the star-lit sky and yells “YOU DUMB STAR!”
I think I know what my friend found so endearing about these characters. They mirror much of our own human fears and foibles though we may not wish on stars, worry if we’ve got the right form in a spiritual discipline or pray for ponies any longer.
Those characters help us understand our vulnerability at revealing ourselves in search of a connection, of relationship. But as in most things, practice helps as we journey in faith. The practice of prayer, the practice of hospitality, the practice of generosity -- in the practice of community -- are acts of worship that connect us more deeply to God, to neighbor and to one another.
Grace and peace as we continue to faithfully practice being church as sisters and brothers, the body of Christ, at Lamington.
- Sunday Worship begins at 10:15AM
- Adult Study on Tuesday Evenings, from 6:30-7:30pm in the Gladish Room. This weekly gathering will explore the topic of prayer using Philip Yancey's book, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
- Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, October 16 at 3:00pm