Faith Together at Home
The well-off came into the church bringing from their surplus an offering. A poor widow came and brought two coins; a small amount compared to the others, but all that she had. Luke recounts Jesus' story (Luke 21). Why did Jesus value more the widow's small amount? Surely that wouldn't pay for the priests or the supplies or balance the temple budget. It was valued because it implied trust. It is easy to give out of surplus, when the money is not desperately needed. But how much the woman is trusting when she gives all she has. She is trusting that God will supply her needs. This is our lesson for this week. And how fitting it is as this is my last newsletter. I've truly enjoyed conversing with you each week. When I began this job, I stated that sometimes people would like the positions I took and sometimes they would not, but I would always take the position on behalf of the children; I would always try to be their voice.
Now I am trusting and praying that:
- we, as the church, will meet the needs of the children
- we will understand that it is by teaching the children that we perpetuate the church
- we will give children the priority they need
- parents will be advocates for their child's spiritual growth
- the church will responsibly equip parents for this task
- the staff and parents will work together to lead children, teach parents, and grant parents some rest as well
- that we won't forget to add the fun of following Jesus in the community of others.
I am also trusting that God will find the right mix for me to do as he has called me to do, balancing my new life in semi-retirement with service together with you as a volunteer in the church.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is "Let the children come to me." (Mark 10:14) Jesus has given us our marching orders. Now let us continue to carry them out, remembering the children in everything we do.