When we teach Godly Play to the Church School children, we always light a candle before saying the Lord’s Prayer. After the prayer, we tell them that we are “changing” the light, not extinguishing it. This past year on Zoom, the children take turns lighting the candle and leading us in prayer. As we change the light, we all take notice as the smoke fills the space all around us, and we talk about how the light goes on and on, we might even bump into it in our Godly Play space…this Holy Spirit.
I could feel the light when I attended the 9:00 service for the first time in over a year last Sunday. I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as we entered the sanctuary and all waved to one another as we took our seats, scattered throughout this holy space. It felt as if we were back home, seeing and feeling “the light at the end of this long pandemic tunnel”. I’ve always felt the presence of the Holy Spirit whenever I’m on the church grounds, for outdoor worship service, in the columbarium, walking by the Teaching Garden, or having lunch with church friends during this past year.
Last Sunday felt a little different though. It seemed as if we were experiencing a little bit of “normal”, whatever that is. I pray that, going forward, we all may begin to share this feeling.