Re-enacting the Story of God’s Love for Us
Sister Helen Kluke describes her involvement in a play where she used her pottery skills onstage in front of a live audience.
Recently I received a phone call from Paula, a member of the Christ for the Nations Church's ministry. She was part of a young people's group planning to present a play to be performed during their Sunday service. The theme related to the potter, God, seeing deeper than externals and the need to let go of all that hinders our relationship with Jesus and others – in other words, the need to repent. After some thought, she wanted a potter creating a pot on the wheel during the action of the play.
In the play, the young people used a vase as to symbolize God's love for us as we are. Wedging the clay of its air bubbles reflected the need to let go your impurities so God can work with us. The true value of the vase is not the exterior but God's loving embrace inside. It does not matter what we look like when we turn to God who sees our heart and looks at us as his masterpiece. Paula called it "conviction enact" which I sense means acting out convictions.
I am so grateful that I said "yes" to this encounter.
As I approached 75 Colville Rd, I observed people gathering, preparing for a celebration. As I entered the building I noted how simply and tastefully the large entrance area was decorated. In the distance was the altar area. On the back wall in soft blues and white was the name of Jesus. I felt the warmth of their welcome. The challenge of the evening came during the service and the play — everything was in Portuguese.
Paula had asked me to give a short introduction to the journey of the clay which she translated. As I worked at the wheel during the play, two young men were in dialogue about the need to repent. I was deeply touched by one of them as he shed real tears while asking for God's forgiveness.
Returning home I continue to reflect on the welcome, joy, the desire to live out gospel values and the commitment of young people.
A few days later, seven young people arrived at the studio to thank me personally and to bring a "love offering," a contribution. It felt as if I had always known them. Paula asked if we could pray together, the hands joined like my circle of friends, the deep bond of people searching for strength with gratitude for God's presence expressed for me "where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them."
By Helen Kluke CSJ