Sunday, October 9, 2011

Walking with Children

We assume that faith formation is about prayer in public schools or Sunday School classes in which we pour information into children. It is about neither. Children are on a spiritual journey just as each adult is on a spiritual journey. Just as Jesus had his own relationship with God, each child has a relationship with God. 

When we walk with our children on their journeys we cease to argue about prayer in schools. We talk to the children in our lives (our own, those in our churches) about where they saw God during their hectic days of high-pressure tests, social challenges, and learning tasks.

God of Presence, remind us that just as you were with Jesus, you are with each of our children. Help us to gently guide their understanding by listening to their experience of you. Amen.

Rev. Tim Graves
Portland, Oregon 

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