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What is God like?

May 21, 2021 | Nathan Johnson

We know God by many names. 

There are God’s titles — The Creator, King of kings and Lord of lords, etc.

There are the metaphors — God the Father, God the Shepherd, God the Mother Hen

God is also described in simile — God is like … fire, water, the wind, a rock…

These images of God are as dynamic and diverse as we, God’s children, and there is beauty and comfort in knowing our God in so many ways. 

On our first two days of the Images of God worship theme  we reflected on how God is like the wind — invisible but powerful,  and like a rock — strong, safe, and immovable. How fitting, then, that the weather was so lovely that it invited us outside for worship!

As we heard how our God is like the wind, we lay on our backs and watched the wind move the branches and the clouds, and after hearing how our God is like a rock, we joyfully gathered more rocks for our collection. 

Not only is this theme of worship fascinating for young children, and not only does it foster creative thinking, but it is truly beautiful to see the children recognizing God all around them and knowing that He is close. 

Be thou a bright flame before me.

Be thou a guiding star above me.

Be thou a smooth path below me.

Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me.

Today, Tonight, and Forever…

— AMEN —

Nathan Johnson

Rivers Class Assistant Teacher & Lower School Visual Art Teacher

Nathan Johnson graduated in 2004 from Lenoir-Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts (focusing on Illustration, Art History, and Puppetry), Theatre, and Elementary Education, followed by further time in Europe studying Art, and in Nova Scotia working with adults with developmental differences.

Happily back at his Alma mater (MSS class of 1995) Nathan has passionately committed his career to preserving the dignity and wonder of childhood. As children are more and more burdened with technology and privilege, he believes that in order for children to learn and grow, they must be given freedom within structure, choices with guidance, allowed to play, struggle, get dirty, and above all, for each child to be taught that they are a beloved child of God.

When not in the classroom, Nathan can be found kayaking, camping, hosting a game night, wandering around New York City, making friends with strangers, and spending time with his 11 nieces and nephews.

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