January is stewardship month at our church this year, so the first sermon of 2016 set the ground work. Our pastor talked about how we can grasp too tightly to the gifts God gives us. The thought puzzle was that letting go brings more and grasping or clinging brings less. (He cited Parker Palmer's The Promise of Paradox for that concept.)
Tuesday during lunch, apropos of nothing, Jane said, "When you close your
hands tight you say no to God. when you open them up you are saying
yes," and she did the accompanying hand motions. I asked where she learned that and
she said "church" very nonchalantly. I asked - "from Pastor Jay's
sermon?" And she said, "Yeah." (Kind of like - you were there too - don't you remember?!)
SO -- at least part of the stewardship message is
getting through a 4-year-old's skull, and I take this as strong evidence to support my fervent belief that
kids belong in worship with us. I also hope my heart and mind can be as open as hers is, and that as a family we can take steps to increase our giving, even in a time of our life that's got some financial uncertainty, at least as far as my earning power goes.
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