Saturday, 30 January 2010

Opening up to love



I have used "prayer flowers" to help adults pray creatively. Sometimes by colouring, sometimes by writing, sometimes as a labyrinth activity or, simply, by meditating with the paper flowers. The petals are folded into the centre and then floated on water. It never fails to amaze - or delight me - when the petals open up, offering our prayers to God.
Roots on the web suggest this as a children's activity this week, and have supplied a bigger template for the flowers.
We're celebrating all age worship tomorrow, so I thought it would be fun for everyone to create their own prayer flower which they can either take home or float on the baptismal font.
The focus reading will be 1 Corinthians 13, Paul's letter about love. It will be good to take that passage out of the usual wedding context and ponder a bit about the love that God has for us and how much we're open to exposing ourselves to that intensity of love. Being open to love and be loved is as big a risk as being open to prayer.
We love because, first, God loved us - words we use at every baptism.

1 comment:

Diane said...

I would love to learn more about Roots! but they won't accept my U.S. zip code.

this is a great idea!