When she was barely two, Maddie Claire could sing Amazing Grace. Perfect tune. Amazing enunciation. My choir director would have been proud of her consonants and vowel sounds. We, knowing the song, and understanding with awe and reverence the theology, smiled and praised her musicality, realizing that most of the words were not words she attached meaning to other than for the pleasure of singing them. Maddie turned four last week. She uses her large vocabulary for more than singing and talking…she asks questions. A lot of questions. Since the birth of her baby sister, Jordann, Maddie has been interested in the beginning and growing and arriving of babies, and last week asked her mother the time honored question about where babies come from.
“Where was Jordann before she was in your tummy, Mommy?” Her mother, knowing that Maddie was not ready for a total fact finding answer, wildly searched her database of acceptable answers and answered “the grace of God”. Satisfied for the moment, Maddie went about her job of being a big sister, and, I imagine, Michala relaxed in relief that the matter was tabled for the time being.
Today, Maddie and her Daddy were painting a wall in the bedroom. As she started to leave the room she told her Dad “If you need anything, just call my name.” He answered, “What name should I call you?” Maddie chided him, “You know my name, you have always known me since before I was in my mommy’s tummy.” Jeremy continued, “ And where were you then?”
To which Maddie solemnly replied, “I was swimming around in grace!”
It could be that Maddie is growing in her theology. Amazing. Grace.
This is really my kind of story, Mary Ann. It’s a beautiful one. As a storyteller I will credit it to you should I use it in a program. It is such a complete circle of a story!
Thank you Sheila. Maddie often provides me with story. In VBS this summer, she told her mom that she had learned that God is in control. Before the proud smile faded, Michala heard her say “And I just love Jezebel!” Isn’t that just like us? We nod and and affirm, yes God is in control. But we can be so swayed by the beauty and power game our culture is steeped in.
Dear Mary Ann,
I read this piece about Grace a while ago. I love it. I want to share it with friends and coworkers as I leave my hospice ministry.
Thank you for reading, Sonja. Please share as you wish. And may you swim in Grace as you leave a ministry and enter new opportunities and spaces.