Dear Church family,

Each Wednesday I lead chapel for our Hobson preschool students. I would not describe this time as quiet or reflective. It is more like (in the immortal words of Roger Miller) “rollerskating in a buffalo herd.” One of the traditions we have developed during this time is a short song we sing together before they hear the Bible story. The children have it memorized at this point (words and actions) and they become very still when they sing it:

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

Melt me,

Mold me,

Fill me,

Use me.

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.


The children really enjoy “whisper-singing” it so the whole sanctuary will get quiet as little hands and big eyes ask to be filled and used by God.


I have thought a great deal about the four verbs:





It seems to me that the melting process is not always one of ease. Instead, we have to be taken down to our most elemental state. We have to be heated up so that we can be poured out. That’s the only way we will be ready to then be molded into the shape God wants. What a prayer to offer! And that is only the first step.


This week I am picturing the children singing their hearts out and I am praying those four prayers for myself as well. I hope it can be your prayer too.

Who can guess what God will do with your prayer (and you) once you’ve asked to be melted, molded, filled and used by him?


Christ’s peace be with you all,