So one tradition we have during Lent is to try to grow some thing from seed with the idea of showing the little ones what we mean about God's life-giving power and how His death brings new life. We've done this for several years and I've always wondered if the metaphor really works.
Well, this year I hadn't gotten to the store for seeds and was afraid we'd have to forgo this idea until I remembered a gift from our student's back in Kenosha, a little packet of "Forget-Me-Not" seeds! I excitedly told G, my 4 yr old, the plan. She first asked about the name...Why "Forget-Me-Not"? And as I waxed on about the poetic beauty of the name for these little flowers totally side-tracked from the true purpose of the whole endeavor, I could see she was thinking and finally she asked her second question:
"Mom, do you mean "forget-me-not" like how Jesus said, "This is my body, broken for you, do this in remembrance of me"?
I had no idea she knew these lines of Scripture?! I was again awed by children's spiritual capacity and, like a flower, to absorb from their environment.
What a joy to watch these flowers grow!