Charlie & Sam just left with their dad, bringing a close to the ninth session of Marmie & Poppa camp. In another time, those two ampersands might make a delightful topic for a post (or two) about this year’s One Little Word. This month, it’s just an opening and a photo.The boys are completely obsessed with Star Wars. When Charlie was here last week, he wanted to “build a light saber with Poppa”. Poppa researched and ultimately ended up purchasing a light saber for less than $5. Needless to say, Sam wanted one, too. a red one (I didn’t know that they even came in different colors).
Sam’s favorite line right now: “When I grow up I’m going to be a fire fighter. or Darth Vader.”
Apparently, Marc knew all about this, because Sam has the light saber he wanted. well, at least for his Darth Vader path.
We heard about fire fighters and Darth Vader a lot these last two days. I’m pretty sure those two life paths rarely show up on the same page except for three year olds. and I’m even more sure they don’t recognize the binary those two choices represent.
Anyway, all of this just happened in the last two days. The message I really had to share about my OLW for July is something I read back on July 3 in that day’s Morning Prayer*. I’ve been thinking a lot about choices these past months. initially the ones I’ve made/make and most recently those that others have forced upon them. These words, from favorite theologian Frederick Buechner, are about a choice. one that seems binary, and really, is a lifetime of work.
“The grace of God means something like: Here is is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It’s for you I created the universe. I love you. There’s only one catch. Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you’ll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.”
Many thanks to Honoré for hosting this monthly meetup. and I cannot wait to see what y’all have been up to with your Words (and your lives!) as I catchup later this week. xxoo.