On Sunday, Ms. Kerry Anne and one of our relatively new 5 year olds made a few trips from the Chapel to the Sanctuary door, to open the door a crack and check in on his dad and older brother. After the last trip, he noticed the elevator. The resulting conversation, I’m told, went something like this:
“What is that?”
“It’s an elevator.”
“Where does it go?”
“Well, it goes to magic places.”
After that answer, well, of course they had to ride the elevator down half a floor. So they opened the elevator door… and who was in there but SUPERMAN! Superman was in the elevator! What kind of magical church is this, anyway?!
I love the playfulness of North Parish. I love all the unplanned, unexpected, delightful moments like this one…. or the one about an hour later when Diane Elardo – while on the stewardship treasure hunt- opened the elevator door and discovered not only Superman but Bob Watts and Melissa White in there. Surprise!
Wouldn’t it be great if we felt that same degree of surprise and delight each time we met a stranger or a friend or someone from church we haven’t seen in two years? Some of us DO feel that way a lot these days! It is so good to see each other.
This week, I invite you to reflect on those people- both inside and outside North Parish- who have renewed your faith in life, in humanity, in goodness, in the divine, in the present, or in the future. I’d love to hear your stories if you care to send any vignettes my way. As the Rev. Victoria Safford writes, “Faith feels like the most private solitary thing, but it’s not. It’s communal and contagious.”