Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Thank You for Taking Your Kid to Church

You didn't do it to make me happy.  You don't even know me.

You did it because you love Jesus.
And because you love your kid.

But here's the thing.  You took your children to church, even when they were little and it was hard.  You taught them Bible verses and the catechism and hymns.  Now your child is all grown up.  He moved away from home. 

This Sunday somebody's child and her husband were visiting our church.  After communing, she returned to her pew, singing the hymn, even without her hymnal. 

Or there was the time somebody else's child showed up at our church.  He showed up every Sunday, driving an hour to get here.  He knows the liturgy.  He knows the hymns.  He wants to join the congregation.  People wonder, "Where did he come from?" as if it's not quite normal to find 20-somethings rejoicing to come for worship, and having learned those precious words by heart. 

Hey, maybe it's not normal.  But it is good.
And it is encouraging to us old folks.

Psalm 78: Telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.
Matthew 16:  I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.


  1. Hi Susan.
    It's good to read this. Also, I've been hopping around your blog and being sidetracked to read about the Cultural Revolution and Holy Housewifery.

    Where did you find that that (HH)? Is it anything like Dr. Laura?

    from jane s.

  2. Yesterday's mail included a flyer for that "Shen Yun" performance that goes around the country. It's all about the ancient culture of China. (But it sounds very religious to me!!) Reading the flyer, I kept wondering about the Cultural Revolution, and how much of the Chinese culture was destroyed, and how the values and the dances and the art and the ceremonies were not passed on to the next generation. So it makes me wonder what this show is all about.

  3. I found "Holy Housewifery" on my bookshelf. I cannot remember where it came from. It doesn't look like something I'd pick up from a used book sale. It was probably in a box of hand-me-down books. I'm not sure why I didn't toss it. The title sounds so holier-than-thou. But that's not the point of the book at all.

    Dr Laura? No. She is more like a common-sense, more-conservative version of Dear Abby. Holy Housewifery is more about finding joy in serving your family, and knowing that there will be some suffering in life but that's just part of being a Christian, and recognizing the importance of what a wife/mom does, and stuff like that. But she makes it very fun to read, with parts that make you laugh from the sheer recognition of "yup, this is life as a mom."

  4. Oh. . . barnacles. I had such a nice response and I think I lost it.

    Anyway, have a nice Thursday!