Sunday, March 3, 2013

"Send Down the Fire...

...of your justice. Send down the rains of your love;  Come, send down the Spirit, breath life in your people, and we shall be people of God."  Marty Haugen's rousing Spirit-lead song was the closer at Confirmation tonight.

This is another children's choir with some dance moves for this week's Sunday Song.  What made this so special was the handicapped girl with the arm crutches. [One thing of note:  Marty Haugen is a hometown St. Paul, Minnesota boy, who along with 2 other Minn contemporary liturgical writers (Haas and Joncas) produce a good portion of present day worship songs.]

When I was a youngster, my mother was a Girl Scout leader to Michelle's troop, among whom was a little girl in crutches named Delores Dufresne.  Michelle will correct me if I have the name wrong.  She has total recall about every person, place and thing that we encountered as a child, which I re-experienced a few years ago on a trip back. Mom made red 'caroling capes' just like riding hood.  Whenever the scouts wore them, Delores was happier and more animated-maybe because the cape hid the infirmity and she was more of an equal participant. Working with challenged adults now, I find myself contented when I see more accommodations made to include folks with hampered abilities.

This is an ever so quick post tonight as "I have miles to go before I sleep" x two.

As ever,
La Verne

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