Acting Just Like Children

for Sunday, September 2, 2012
Labor Day Sunday
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
14th Sunday after Pentecost
Proper 17
lectionary focus: (loosely) James 1:17-27

Good Morning! Happy Labor Day!

Once upon a time there was a teacher who was having a hard time with her class. Her students were being wiggly, and giggly, and staring out the window, and being curious about what was for dinner, and talking to the other students. Finally the teacher could stand it no more, and she burst out with , “Behave yourselves! You are acting just like children!”
Well, that made sense. They were children. But the way the teacher said it, made them think that being children was a bad thing.

This weekend we end our summer vAcations by celebrating our vOcations on Labor Day. VOcations are the jobs that people have. And on Labor Day, we celebrate all the work people do to make our community a great place.

But what about you guys? What vocations do you have? Where do you work? What are the jobs that God calls you to do?

In our Bible story today, we are reminded that God calls everyone to a vocation. God calls even children…even you. And your job right now is to be children. Your vocation, your job, is to remind grown-ups everywhere of the importance of being children, the importance of acting just like children. God wants us to be joyous and giggly and smiley and curious and never afraid of being children. But sometimes, grown-ups forget what they were like as children. Grown-ups get caught up in worldly things. Your job is to remind us all how to put the love and joy into Love thy neighbor as thyself. You are not just children, you are children of God.

So, behave yourselves! Behave just like the children of God that you are called to be! And thank you for sharing your vocation with us! Happy Labor Day!

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for letting me be a child.
Help me
to do my job
sharing Your love
sharing Your joy
and keeping the grown-ups smiling.

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.

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