Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Talking Back to Jesus

Have we ever been the Syrophoenician woman, the parent who will stop at nothing to heal her child?  Who won’t take no for an answer, even from God-incarnate himself?  Yes, we would do anything to stop the suffering of our own, advocate to the highest authority, crossing enemy lines, talking back to the teacher who isn’t having a good day!  

All of God’s children deserve to have someone speak up for them, travel across boundaries, refusing a refusal, and never giving up hope that they shall be cared for.
Parenting God, Instill in us the ability to care for your children, even those that live on the wrong side of the tracks.  Even when our demands are rejected, help us to continue to speak up and speak out, knowing that you are with us encouraging and empowering us to care for our little ones, who are sick and need your healing.  

May we have the strength, determination, courage, and hope of this mother of another time and place.

Rev. Sarah Renfro
Associate Minister for Families, Youth & Children
First Christian Church
Frankfort, Kentucky

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