“…carry the spirit of a child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Aldous Huxley
On a Sunday morning two weeks ago the weather was dreary. The day before had been a stunner. What’s happened? I thought. I need a pick-me-up. Then I remembered the LIFT Pilot program being launched at Mays Chapel United Methodist Church. I decided I’d join in.
The mission behind GenOnMinistries program is to bridge the gap between generations. The Sunday prior, families were given a big ole potato and vaguely told “to go make something of it.” What’s that supposed to mean? Wide open to interpretation, don’t you think?
Fast forward: I timidly walked into the church not knowing whether I had rightly or wrongly followed directions for the potato. After all I’d used all raw elements and the instructions could have meant the tater must be in a cooked/edible form. Oh well, I thought, it’s food art! Both wanting to support the program and get my creative juices flowing, here’s my creation.
LIFT served it’s mission in giving young and old alike a delightful hour beginning with a prayer – a spin-off of the old song, we older people related to. You know, the one that begins “One potato, two potato, three potato more….” We also shared a meal together – appropriately an egg/ham/potato casserole. Afterward we took turns reading some verses.
All in good fun, the room was filled to capacity and we ended the hour by playing a fast-paced round of “hot potato,” while singing the oldie but goodie “Jesus Loves Me.”
Later that evening, before I lay me down to sleep I pondered how happy I was to have participated as I recalled what Pearl S Buck once said.
If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. ~Pearl S. Buck, author of The Good Earth