This past week I heard Anne Lamott talk about teaching Sunday School. Lamott is a successful writer, sought-after speaker and a Presbyterian. She attends a small church in Marin County, California where she teaches Sunday school.  Pre-pandemic, most weeks, her class did something she calls Loved and Chosen. Here is how it goes: First, Lamott would sit down on the couch in the Sunday school room and look at all the little, wriggling bodies before her. Then she would glance slowly around the room in a goofy, menacing way, and say things like “Is anyone here wearing a blue sweatshirt with Pokemon on it?”


In response, a four-year-old would look down at his chest, astonished to discover that he matched that description, like—what are the odds? So he would raise his hand, and she would invite him over to sit on the couch beside her. Finally, she would look in his eyes and say, “You are so loved and so chosen” as he clutched at himself like a beauty pageant finalist.


Lamott would repeat the exercise, asking about green socks with brown shoes, a San Fransisco Giants cap, an argyle vest. And wouldn’t you know it, Anne writes, “each of them [in the class] would turn out to be loved and chosen, which, in the world, does not happen so often (Anne Lamott, Grace Eventually, pp. 28–29).


This got me thinking about how life would be different if we lived each and every day knowing that we were loved and chosen by God. How our life together would be different if our structures and institutions were shaped by the belief that every human being is loved and chosen by God.


What is one thing you can today that helps another person feel loved and chosen?


-Written by Amy Miracle



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