Matthew 7:24-27 is a short passage that I grew up singing in church about a wise man that built his house upon a rock, and a foolish man that build his house upon the sand. It's a very concrete image for our children, and yet explains the value of Jesus to adults quite well. I know of people who have anchored their life in faith and a faith community, realizing that life is best when it's shared. So much of the gospel of Jesus is about a shared life - economics, status, power, love, work, food, talents - everything is to be shared. More so, when you do share you realize that the best security in life is investing in the people around you. Family is one version, but so is your neighborhood and faith community. When tragedy strikes, you never have to go through it alone. When it's time to celebrate, you always have someone to celebrate with.
When we invest our time and life in faith communities, the foundation of our life is strong. If you do not invest in the relationships and people near you, the foundation of your life is vulnerable to the whims of life's storms. Let us follow this Jesus together, and build our life's together so that we can weather life's storms a bit more intact.
Children can follow along in Shine On page 202 and Spark page 282.
Daily Prayers to recite, remember and live by:
Lords Prayer (198 in Shine On, 278 in Spark)
Psalm 23 (129 in Shine On, 160 in Spark)
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.