In my last parish
I made “A Children’s Story”
a part of our weekly liturgy.
I had a medium-size cardboad box
that I painted bright green and orange
and on its top “FOR CHILDREN.”
I put different items in it each week
and when the time was right
lifted off the top and pulled them out
and used them as props for my stories.
One day I put my Westie (20 pounds)
in the box and lulled him into quietness
before the worship service began.
Later, when I opened the box
and pulled out my friendly white dog
the whole congregation
seemed to be pleased and amused.
I remember that Sunday morning
with such pleasure
and every so often
pull it from my memory bank
with a smile.