Monday, February 27, 2012

Noticing Children

chants and songs
ancient stories and prayers
wash over children who are
turned backward in a pew
crayons and cheerios strewn about;

others coo and mutter
from their spot with mom in the back row,
or circle the narthex, paying little
attention to worship while dad listens
with one ear to the sermon

yet the ancient stories and prayers
chants and songs washing over them
cannot help but to shape their faith
even as they, these children
shape ours

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