I subbed for the music teacher in kindergarten today. We watched “There was an Old Lady” and when it got to the part about how the spider “wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her,” one of the little girls in class must have remembered something. She started to cry. I asked her what was wrong.
She said, “I have a wiggly tooth.”
She said she’d never lost a tooth before and that she was afraid. I asked her which tooth. She lowered her mask and wiggled one of her lower incisors. I told her she’d be all right. I asked her what she was worried about.
“That it will bleed.”
One of her classmates gently told her it would bleed for a little while and then it would stop. Although I couldn’t remember losing my first tooth, I could see why she would be afraid of blood and essentially losing a body part. I wanted to reassure her. Quiet her with love.
Reading this morning:
“O Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm, On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.'”(Zephaniah 3:14-17)
The prophet Zephaniah spoke this to the people of Judah during the reign of King Josiah at a time when the people were called to repent of their pagan worship of other gods. The prophet warned the people that God would punish them for their sins, but he also said God would protect his own.
The verse that stood out to me today was:
“He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (verse 17)
How often have I delighted in my children. Even now that they are young adults, I take joy in the way they laugh and cajole each other. When they were younger and would have nightmares, I would listen and reassure them that it was just a dream, that they were safe. Indeed attempting to “quiet them” with my love. And to think, God does this with us. Even in our adult lives. With concerns over finances and job security and the state of the world and our children’s future. God delights in us. He quiets us with his love. He rejoices over us with singing.
What is our part? To listen for the song.