The Psalms – some of the most ancient of our holy texts – picture God as being playful: dressed up in sunshine, making a chariot out of clouds, blanketing the earth with oceans, bringing grain from the land and wine to make people happy. We want to discover more of this most surprising aspect of God’s character.
We do not sense any separation of body, mind or spirit. So learning to play again is, for us, something to do with embracing that amazing, God-given and earthy connectedness: within ourselves, with each other, and with the world.
When we play we give ourselves to the moment. Deadlines and worries are forgotten, and we can find ourselves. Gasping for air we draw in lung-fulls of life itself. And so we look to be a community at play, enjoying God’s presence without any need to prove ourselves.