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Creating a Faith Foundation for our Children


I do not have all the answers to the question of why a young person is motivated to slaughter innocent life like what happened last week at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. In fact, I don’t have any! What I do know is that we live in a very broken and hurting world. Evil does exist in this world and we have seen it many times over; we have grieved, we have cried, we have lamented. We are reminded by our pastors and prophets that this life is not all there is, that our hope is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that our God, Emmanuel, is a God who is with us constantly. And still there is darkness and heartache and pain. Still there is a deep need for Christ’s light and love. Still there is a desperate cry from the wounded for salvation and freedom.

Parents, it is our duty, our obligation to our children to create and build a faith foundation for our children. At their baptism we make promises to them and to God. One promise we make is to bring them to worship- REGULARLY. That does not mean once or twice a year. Teaching our children how to worship God is teaching them how to be a Christian. They are surrounded by the community of faith that nurtures them, checks on them, teaches them, feeds them, and inspires them to a deeper life in Christ. You cannot get that on your couch on Sundays in front of the televangelist. We also promise to put in their hands the scriptures. That means we will read God’s holy word together, we will show them how important it is to us by reading it ourselves. We model the faith practices so that our children will do what we do. We promise to teach them the Creed, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. Do you know the Ten Commandments by  heart? If not, how can you teach them to your child? Do you understand the Small Catechism that helps us go much deeper in our faith? It is our calling as parents to teach our children the faith, however, only 28% of Americans are in worship on any given Sunday. Less than one third of people in our country. Are you worried about taking God out of schools? Why not worry about encouraging your neighbor to join the faith community for worship, service, mutual care and consolation?

Our Little Shepherd Girl

Our Little Shepherd Girl

The past two weeks at the congregation where I have served now for over ten years, we had our annual Journey to Bethlehem live nativity and our annual Sunday School Christmas program. I cannot even tell you how many hours I have worked in the past three weeks getting ready for these events. I cannot begin to report the number of hours the disciples at Trinity Lutheran Church have put in preparing for these events. I can tell you that forty young people have also been preparing for them for the past month. Shepherds, sheep, animal tenders, little Mary and Elizabeths, newsboys, a priest, Anna and Simeon, Joseph and angels. . . all telling the story of Christ’s birth. All learning exactly what their faith is about by learning and telling the story. The foundation is being built and it looks like it will be rock solid. But we have more to do. We cannot stop. There are more people to reach. . . there are parents to reach, parents whose kids come to church without them. . . there are husbands who come without their wives and wives without their husbands. . . there are more people that need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

That’s our job as Christians. We cannot simply sit in our pews (if we are there at all) and expect the world to change. We have to create a faith foundation for God’s precious children. Who do you know that doesn’t have a church family? Who do you know that is skeptical of the love of God? Who do you know that is lonely, hurting, despairing, or stuck in darkness? Reach out to them. Invite them to worship, pray for them, don’t give up because sometimes it takes years, and years, and years.


One Comment leave one →
  1. Pamela permalink
    19December2012 08:44

    well said… but why is there an add for robots at the end of the reflection?

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