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Sharing Gifts, Sparking Imagination

At the beginning of January, I got to give my first sermon to an all-adult audience. I’ve done plenty of gospel-sharing to kids and families, and I’ve taught other material to adults, but this had new nuances for me. So, yay!

My congregation for the day was folks in a memory impairment unit of a nursing home. What dear, dear people. I taught on the Christmas story since I knew they had not had a church service since November. I had some props like a fiber-optic angel (our tree topper) and a stuffed lamb (thanks to my kids for sharing their toy), but the most awe-inducing thing was the baby doll wrapped in swaddling clothes. There were audible gasps when I held it because they thought it was a real baby, which clearly was a wonderful idea to them. No one was concerned that I had pulled a baby out of a bag, instead it was just sheer wonder that a baby would be there with them.

Baby Doll

 

Babies transforms everything, right? New hopes, new fears, new milestones, new lifestyle, seeing things new again through the eyes of your child, new friends. Suddenly your neighbors notice you. Strangers stop you in the grocery store. You have this little person to snuggle, nurture, and sacrifice for. There just is something magical about babies, and these folks clearly felt the same way. Seeing a baby seemed to tap into something joyful and hope-filled from their pasts. At the end of my message, I brought the baby around to everyone. Several folks still weren’t quite sure if the baby was real or not until they touched it.

As I had prepared for the service, I thought on Mary treasuring things in her heart (Luke 2:19) as her very special baby and savior was born. I thought about how these folks are in a season of life where they may not be able to express things with words or memories, but they can still treasure the things of the Holy Spirit in their hearts. They can still treasure the preciousness of new life. It was amazing how such a simple thing, a baby doll, could spark imagination, could spread a smile, could touch such a core part of hearts, minds, and souls. 

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About More Green for Less Green

Hi, I’m Pamm. Welcome to my little slice of the web! As a progressive Evangelical female pastor and crunchy homeschooling mom, I’m never quite what anyone expects of me. But, hey, that’s what makes blogging interesting, right? Join me as I try to wholeheartedly parent my three little boys, slowly fix up the trashed foreclosure we bought in 2009, and live simply.

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