Aug 5, 2018

Dear Wellspring Family and Friends,

In 1988, an American television comedy-drama aired called, “The Wonder Years”, chronicling the life and times of 8-year old Kevin Arnold and his family through his teenage years. Adult Kevin narrated and was the voice reminiscing and sharing honestly the thoughts that young Kevin was experiencing during growing pains. It was a tumultuous and changing world in late 1960’s through the early 70’s and we were invited to share in Kevin’s wonder. There is something pure about a story being shared unfiltered, through the eyes of a young child.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matt 19:14) A wonder is “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or inexplicable”. Wondering is “to be curious to know something; to feel admiration and amazement; marvel.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

I wonder how life will be different once my son Rylan leaves for college in September. I wonder how I can help my client whose struggling with aging alone. I wonder. Do you? This summer the youth ministry team have been introducing new ways to cultivate a lifestyle of “genuine belonging and believing” – our vision for our youth ministry. One of the ideas is our “Book of Wonders”, a week to week compilation of the things that the youth wonder about. All of their wonderings are written into a special keepsake book to communicate to them that they are seen and heard; and that who they are and what they think and feel matter immensely.

A few weeks ago, in Sunday Service, we, as a church family, stood hand in hand in a circle and invited people to share what they wonder. What a variety of wonders: a grandma who wonders how she can be a meaningful presence in the lives of her many grandchildren; a young vibrant woman who wonders if the doctors can find a way to treat her health issue with less medication; a hardworking dad who wonders if the lumber he left in the back of his truck will still be there; and so many more.

As we’ve invited the youth to share and wonder, it’s been a window into their minds and souls and an open door to begin conversation about what they think and care about. This dedicated time to collecting their “I Wonder” is a sacred space to pause, and allow each of them to think and be free from any judgment with what is shared. Can you imagine if our day to day life offered us that kind of freedom?

As adults, you too, are free to wonder. Wondering keeps us from being

critical and judgmental of others. It’s a way to discover your dreams and passions. To reveal your feelings of joy, sadness and fears. It is the beginning of a

conversation with our Heavenly Father who pays attention to every single thought

that you have and Who, by the way, thinks you are quite a wonderful wonder.

Before the day ends, please fill in the blank: “I WONDER…………..”

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you

because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

You are God’s Wonder,

Cheryl Takabayashi-Foo

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