Friday, August 3, 2012

Play!

I was sitting in Jubilee the other day and watched some kids play their own version of soccer. It involved one goal, rotating goalie (depending on who scored), about 5 players, & a very serious referee. The ball was a busted tennis ball that had been rolled up with some cloth. The referee had a whistle, red & yellow cards made of some sort of plastic, & he was very animated in his calls. He would stand up, wave his arms, toss cards, & even sometimes step in and separate a brewing fight. These kids proceeded to play this game for almost two and a half hours. 

Yesterday, the kids taught us how to play a tic-tac-toe like game using white & black rocks.

I currently have a friend's 4 year old staying with me for two weeks. We've watched him use a box as a car for hours. Play with my growing rottweiler for a whole morning. Sit and look at books he can't yet read. Use a Candy Land board as his own keyboard/laptop. Sit in buckets full of water & soap and splash, play, & laugh. The laughing is the best.

Windy days in Jubilee, kites fill the sky. Made of trash.

I've been told that play is the work of children. 
The kids here may work harder than anyone else.

Simplicity can be a blessing.

"The abundant life Jesus offers is freedom from the poverty that says some people are worthless and freedom from the wealth that tempts others to forget God. Beneath the illusions of the power called money, this is our deepest hunger: to know we are loved unconditionally and to know our neighbors in light of that love."
God's Economy: Redefining the Health and Wealth Gospel
by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove



"Love & Love
And nothing else
It's all I need"
Midnight on the Interstate
Trampled by Turtles

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