Child’s Play Teaches "Community"

As a young child and then as a K-1 public school teacher, recesses and physical education times were always a good time for the children, a break from the desk and school work, a break from the indoor rhythm of the classroom.  Games played were usually peaceful.  As a school teacher, my class played games as a whole group many a day.  Playing together with other children is (and has been) a part of childhood.  Sometimes, children do play alone.  I was one of those who loved to play by myself or with one other girl.  Yet, I was integrated with the others much of the time and found those times to be fun and uniting.

As my mind takes me back to joyful and innocent friends, faces still in my memory, I ponder those kid-filled moments.  Joy, laughter, silliness, togetherness.

God calls us to community whether two or two hundred.  We are to be together, caring, loving one another with His unconditional love.  Living community is acceptance, forgiveness, laughter, and tears.  It is gentleness, joy, love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control.  (Galatians 5:22)  Community.

Envision community in child’s play.

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.
“The farmer in the dell,

the farmer in the dell;

Heigh ho, the Derry-oh 
the farmer in
the dell”


Duck, Duck, Goose

Fun and song
Here we go Loop-de-loop

Red Light, Green Light

Hot Potato

“Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?”

Dodge Ball

Singing and silliness

Pop Goes the Weasel

Rhyme and time together
Jump Rope

Holding hands and touch
Red Rover

 Joy plus learning to be careful! 

Leap Frog

 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.   Colossians 1:17 

God is faithful, by whom you were called 
into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
I appeal to you, brothers,by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, 
but that you be united in the same mind 
and the same judgment.  
1 Corinthians 1:9-10

Lord, I pray that Your community be my community.  Open my hands that I may accept Your people into my life as You will.  May I be Your light in whatever community You deem to place me in.  May I be Your hands to help.  May I be Your love to embrace.  May I be Your compassion to those who need a hug, a hand to hold, a shoulder to lean upon, a tissue for tears.  Thank You for loving me as You do that I may be the Christ to those around me.  Thank You for giving me a childhood to play silly games, allowing me to be free and innocent.  Thank You for giving me the opportunity years later to teach young children the joy of playing together.  
Between You and me, Lord, in this community of two, I thank you for:
  • planning a vacation with Kenneth [who else! : )]
  • child’s play at all and any age
  • desiring to be all that God has created us to be
  • allowing me to go with Mom to a Hooks baseball game along with some of the other nursing home residents and staff — for Mom and me, a delightful memory was made!
  • getting Barr and Annette (baseball fans, BIG TIME!) on the phone during the game and talked for almost 30 minutes sharing the game and Mom
  • Jim, Cassie, and Ciera came to see us, blessing us and giving us young rather than aged for a change
  • Loretta, Mom’s extra caregiver and my pray-er
  • rain
  • thunder
  • lightening
  • more rain in this drought-ridden country
  • JP and 3-year old son playing in the rain together
    • it has been so long since we have had rain, I wondered if the little one had ever experienced a rain-storm as this  
  • the light of a life lived for Christ has been extinguished on this earth
  • but he is in Glory...praising You, Lord;  Thank You for allowing me to know this man through my husband.  I have been truly blessed by his godliness and grace before my eyes.  Thank You for allowing Kenneth to have such a beautiful friend.
In the beautiful Name of Jesus.  Amen.

Photos:  Girls playing “London Bridge Is Falling Down”, United States, 1898.
By Alexander B. McBride, Grand Marais, Michigan. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons PD-US “No known restrictions on publication.
“L1_Children_playing_game/jpg”-24403-D  by Arthur Rothstein, 1930s Great Depression photographer [Public Domain]

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