Sunday, October 2, 2011

Out of the Mouths of Babes, Children, & Youth

Overheard in the church bus on the way home from camp this summer: 
“Geez, now we have to go back home to reality and drama! Why can’t every day be like church camp?” 

This child began a lament of how her peers at school interact and how great the world would be if everyone acted like they did when they were at church camp. 
This is a challenge for us all, not so different today than in years past or even for the prophet, Jeremiah. Jeremiah says, “…I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”  

We forget the magnificent role God has in our lives. We forget to let go and trust God to speak to us still. We forget to be still and listen before we act in the world. We forget to speak to one another with the love of God.

God, enable your people to listen for your still, small voice when it comes to us in the words of children. Speak to our children and empower them with knowledge that they, too, speak your words in the world. God, give us ears to hear and eyes to see your presence. Amen.

Rev. Tracy Parker
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Paris, Kentucky

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