Reflection: July 13

Juliane Poirier Pastor's Corner

Jesus called a little child over to sit among the disciples, and said, “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven. Those who humble themselves like this little child will be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in My name welcomes Me.”

This morning we Sundays for Kids leaders had a ZOOM meeting to talk about virtual children’s ministries and keeping children and families in our congregation connected. This is a stressful and challenging time for all of us, and I think especially so for families with children at home.

I subscribe to Bless Each One, a website about faith formation for children by Christine V. Hides. She writes, “If your social media feed is anything like mine, you are noticing that parents and teachers across the country are feeling extremely anxious about school. You are also likely in the midst of trying to assemble some sort of fall programming. It is overwhelming.”

Families and teachers and schools are trying to “assemble some sort of fall programming”, and the Sundays for Kids leaders are trying to do that too. We want to offer the children and families of our congregation (and those who are searching for us) engaging bible stories and soul-enriching spiritual practices. I invite you to keep our Sundays for Kids team in prayer: John Casciani, Joan Feury, Lisa Hackett, Jenny Latona, Vicki Poli, and Nikki Wagner. 

Here is a prayer from Christine V. Hide’s book, Sheltered at Home: Family Prayers for Living and Loving.

“Gracious God, I am exhausted! Sometimes I feel like I’m failing… I feel like I don’t have enough time for my family. Money is tight.  I am worried about people I love. So many things are out of my control. This is so hard.

God, remind me that my feelings are normal. Remind me that by Your grace there is a way through this pandemic.  Help me to do one thing at a time. Help me to let go of perfection. Give me curiosity. Give me trusted teammates. Give me strength, give me patience, give me hope, to prepare for the year ahead. Amen.”

This is a prayer written for teachers and parents, but it’s a prayer for all of us, to help us find our way through this pandemic. “Remind me that by Your grace there is a way…”

In faith,

PS. If you’re a prayer partner for one of the young people in our congregation, this is a good time to let their family know you’re praying for them.

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