So one of the great things about no school is time. We have time to talk with our kids, and families, time to just sit back and reflect on our joys of being together….Ok so really I wish this previous statement were more true than not. This past week I think I may have said out loud “Children it is time for all of you to be quarantined in your own rooms with head phones on.” At one point all I heard was my daughters friends from school on Google hangouts. I heard endless giggling and talking. My daughter was walking around the house and my wife turned to me and said we really are going to have to thank Jeff for starting all of our kids onto this group chat thing. That all being said, I want to go back to that first statement. I had this moment tonight where Jesus began to teach through my daughter because I was around in these day to listen to her.
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Luke 18:15-17 ESV
We were sitting on the coach last night. I was tired and started watching a video called the Chosen. It is a new Jesus tv series you can stream for free. I actually really like it especially as I have been reading through the Gospels this Lenten season. The show in episode 7 shows Nicodemus coming to Jesus to hear those famous words in John 3:16. Ella looks at me as she is sitting and watching and says “Dad I have so many questions for when Jesus comes. Will he just tell us all these things or will we know?” I looked at her and said I don’t really know but I am excited too. I can’t wait to fully understand all of this. She asked if we could watch one more episode but I said tomorrow. She wants to watch all of them with me again because she missed the early ones.
I was moved by this whole moment because of her hunger for Jesus. This kid reminded me of the child like faith I so quickly lose in my life. She was so innocent in her want to know Jesus and fully understand him. To fully understand His love for us. How are you doing in your child like faith? I know I have more often than not come to reading the word as a chore or something to get through, or something to do for work. I want to be more like my younger daughter and come to it with such excitement that I can’t help but smile when I hear about Jesus. May we all find this child like faith in these coming days.
Every sunday is a teaching moment for my kids. As a family and youth minister it can be something I take for granted. I was reminded this weekend, as I sat in my new Church, the importance of teaching my kids what is happening in the worship service. A new place means new practices and old ones done in different ways. Often I forget that my own kids may not fully understand or know what is going on. So this Sunday I had a great moment with my youngest.
Durring confession we were asked to kneel or sit and ask God for forgiveness. I think my youngest may not have understood or might have just not paid attention but either way she was kneeling and praying but she looked very confused. So I leaned over and asked her “Do you know what you are supposed to be doing?” She looked at me and said “No dad!” She had that look of embarrassment in her eyes. She was praying. She tried to look like she knew what she was doing. She was kneeling and had her hands folded and eyes shut. I leaned over and said “Ella we are confessing our sin. We are telling God what we did wrong this week.” She turned and with a small smile of enlightenment she got back to it. I was so excited for her because she got to finish her confession and hear God’s words of absolution.
This episode made me think however that more of us need to remember to share with our young and new members what is going on. We in pews need to share with them about what is happening so that they can participate. Just because they are preforming the actions doesn’t mean they know what is happening. Next week as a parent I would encourage you to watch your children and ask if they understand what is going on. Ask if they need help to participate. When we see a new person who looks lost come beside them and ask if they need help. It may just help them hear about Jesus and his awesome forgiveness.
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:
“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”
34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing.