To Play. To Receive Love. To Love. To Give God Praise. – El Salvador 2014, Day 5

Today’s post is from Pastor Dell Sanderson.

This is Dell Sanderson, a tag along pastor from Morris, MN.

One of the things that struck me today was a small incident.  I’ve discovered that balloons are an automatic indication of play when I blow them up for kids (and for most adults for that matter).  In church at home we have a worship service where kids get to hit balloons around during a hymn.  They play and the adults join in.  At the end of worship the kids can take a balloon home.

_DSC1144When I broke out the balloons here most of the kids didn’t play.  They scrambled among themselves to get one and then held onto them tightly because they were afraid of losing it.  It reminded me that it’s hard to play, feel secure, laugh, and love freely when you are in a survival mode.  No doubt they are a reflection of their parents.

I coaxed a boy, Alexandro, to just play freely for about 10 minutes.  We batted the balloon around and found a way that we could press our faces against the opposite sides of the balloon and laugh at each other’s flattened face.  I think I heard God laugh too.

I’d like to think we can create windows of hope with children and families.  I’d like to think that we can help create a space where basic needs are met so children can play and adults can feel at peace in heart, soul, and mind.  But I’d also like to think we can learn that just as there is a scarcity of life when you don’t have enough there can be a scarcity of life when you have too much.

To play, to receive love, to love, and to give God praise; this is why we have stuff.

About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

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