Thursday, September 8, 2011

Exuberance and the Kingdom of God

The lantana growing by our carport is simply unbelievable. David and I have had lantana before but nowhere has it thrived to the extent that ours is doing here at our home in the central Alabama countryside!! The "wall" of the carport is no barrier at all! That lantana seems determined to grow anywhere it can peek through to sunlight....even practically engulfing a lowly little cedar tree!! The one word that comes to my mind when I step out of the car and am greeted by lantana blooms and branches is....EXUBERANCE!!

This coming Sunday, our church will be kicking-off the fall Sunday School classes and weekday programs for children and youth. Like the lantana in our yard, young people radiate exuberance and a contagious joy and beauty in simply being alive. What a blessing it is to be a part of the church's ministry with and to its younger members. As we adults share life in Christ with our parish children, may our own lives become even more exuberant, more joy-full, and beauty-full!!

Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it. 
Luke 18:17

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