Holy is Hard to Explain
One of my great joys in my work is the opportunity to see all of the children that are part of our Preschool and part of our Church Family (yes, I know, the Preschool is part of our family too). Each Thursday I visit one of our Preschool classes and sing some songs with them. Sometimes the songs are silly. Sometimes they are sacred. Due to the school schedule and my sabbatical I had not been in the classrooms for my weekly visit since this past April. That changed this past Thursday!
I came into the T-K Treehouse singing, “This Train is Bound for Glory.” I changed the words around a bit. Imagine the “chuga-chuga-chuga” of the train that the children provided and these words. “This train is bound for glory, this train. This train is bound for glory, this train. This train is bound for glory, and it’s goin’ to the place of the Holy. This train is bound for glory, this train!”
As much fun as that was to sing, I realized quickly that the children might not have a clue what “holy” means. So we talked about it. Holy is sacred; set apart from the ordinary; specifically committed to the things of God; specifically committed to Love!” I have no idea whether that made any sense to those 4 and 5 year olds. Probably not. What was going to make sense was if I showed them what a “holy life” looks like. What would make sense is for me to be committed to loving them! So – I tried – in every word and action and song – to show them love.
In our families – especially with our young children – we may not be able to explain what it means for us to be “God’s Holy People”. The Bible calls us “a holy race; a royal people; a people set apart for God.” What that means is that we are committed to love. It means that we are loving God with heart, mind, soul, and strength and loving neighbor as self. We can best teach our children what that means by living it out. I hope you will live it out today in all you say and do.
To God be the Glory!
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