Used to buy them in small bags in toy shops, and they looked like they were cat’s eyes – eyes out of real cats. My dad’s uncle worked for Turner Brothers Asbestos, and for some reason he had access to these solid green glass marbles we called dobbers. They were much bigger than your toy marbles. And plain.
I remember using them to knock down buildings made of wooden blocks.
They were nice to have, collect and treasure.
These days it’s superhero cards, or Top Trumps, in the same way that we used to collect football cards or free gifts out of cereal packets.
Things that fire the imagination in your generation.
It’s not the same if you weren’t there. It’s not the same for us now, because we are not where young people are.
Jesus enjoyed his marbles, blocks, sandpies – same as everyone else. They fired his imagination, and helped him to make unique sense of his world. To explore it.
The Bible is a bag of marbles, you know. You can use it to knock down constructions that are shaky. You can admire small sections of it, and some you can see the whole world in, and the world will never seem the same again. Some marbles you treasure and keep in your pocket. Some may not be so pretty, but are very powerful, and belong in the bag.
It’s good to share your marbles with others, and to see what they see in theirs.