Years ago (the 1993/1994 school year, to be exact), I was the DRE for the base chapel at Maxwell A.F.B. in Alabama. As Confirmation approached, a wonderful parishioner offered to do a one-day retreat for the Confirmation kids. One activity that she organized really struck me. She gave each cluster of kids a paper bag with a random object inside and they had to come up with a way to see God in that object. It might have been a rock, a piece of paper, a feather, a salt shaker, etc. It worked. It got the kids thinking and they learned how to see God in everything. This idea kept calling out to me during my trip to Florida last week, and so I decided to do something similar ... to find God in some everyday things during our trip.
~1~both mother and father pelicans work to protect, feed, and instruct their offspring. Just the way God designed human families to be!
Palm Trees ... Lots of Palm Trees! This is an easy one - of course palms make me think of Palm Sunday, honoring the day that Jesus went into Jerusalem days before his Crucifixion with people grabbing palm branches and waving them at Jesus, shouting:
Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Palms swaying in the breeze can be great prompters to quietly sing "Hosanna" (an expression of joy and praise) in our hearts for the Lord!
The Don CeSar - This beautiful piece of 1920s architecture reminds me that God gives everyone a special talent. The builder of this hotel certainly used his talent!
Seashells - Remind me of baptisms. I often notice in paintings of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus, that he used a shell. Shells also remind me of pilgrimages, especially the one in northern Spain ... the 500 mile path from the edge of France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where the relics of St. James the Greater are kept.
More Art - With A Rock! My aunt is an artist and when we visited her in Florida, this rock painted as a cottage really caught my fancy. I love the concept of taking a simple object and creating something beautiful out of it! Again, this pretty rock makes me think of the importance of using our talents. The rock also reminded me of how God made Adam from the dust of the ground.
- then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust of the ground ... ~ Genesis 2:7a
Finding-God-In-Everyday-Objects CCD LessonIf you need a quick and easy CCD lesson for this week, give this a try. Take a handful of paper bags and put any sort of ordinary object into each paper bag - a different item in each bag. Distribute the paper bags to each student, or small group. Then have them open the bags and brainstorm, trying to connect the object found in their bag to God in some way. You might be surprised at their insights!