Today I took my kids to the Philadelphia Art Museum for a field trip. It was wonderful. I haven't been in a while although I really do love it there. After we arrived the kids ate lunch and then we had an hour to tour alone. One of the parents didn't show up so we had about twelve middle schoolers in a group.... of course it was interesting! Because I offered to make the groups, I gave myself all of the "special" children of God. I really do love them and they are good kids, but they have a lot of spirit in them! Since there were mostly boys we went almost straight to the horse and man arms. Lots of beautiful armor, knives, and guns kept the boys more than occupied.
God's grace did prevail in the beginning of our tour when, without my planning, we came upon some beautiful sacred art. (I just looked at the museum website and tried to find the exhibit but I don't see it and don't have enough time to research.) We entered thought a portal to a beautiful room and in the center an enormous Crucifix. The kids were amazed at His beauty and grace. They moved right past everything else in the room to get up close to Him. I read the information sheet on it, however; I don't remember much though because I was so taken by their faces as they identified the symbolism and love put into the creation of this work of art. I could see in their eyes that God was working in them as we pondered the beauty and richness of this image of Christ. We also saw a beautiful stone altar which filled them with amazement. They also saw some old Office Books on display and I reminded them of my own office book which I let them look through and explore one day when we went over it in class. When they realized that Catholics have celebrated these mysteries in the same way all this time they were really amazed.
Of course, we moved right onto the armory exhibit, which was also wonderful. It doesn't matter though... I saw God in their eyes today which is what I hope to see everyday. This morning while I was praying my Holy Hour before Morning Prayer I journaled that I hoped to be patient and loving this day with them. They were the ones who showed me their patience and their love. God's gifts are so great each and everyday. Today though, I am grateful to Him for my children who show me His life each and everyday.