Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Detox from Church-Part 4: Come to the Table Together

One of the big questions for Missio Lux is "What are you going to do with the children?" It has been a stumbling block for many families in their willingness to engage the lifestyle of Missio Lux. It seems that we have been conditioned to believe that our families are meant to be segmented.

But, I wonder, is that really what God intended?

If it is, why does Jesus tell everyone around him, especially the disciples, that he is never too busy for a child?
If it is, why did God make such a big deal that parents needed to train their children up in the ways of the Lord?

Let's dream about how it can be at the table. Have you ever sat next to a child during a meal that isn't your own? Have you watched them and the amusing things they do? Have you ever heard the funny joke from a child that makes absolutely no sense, but they laugh and laugh, until everyone else is laughing too? Have you ever had the chance to affirm a child, watching their eyes water from the praise?

We need each other. Adults take one another way too seriously. Children bring joy and laughter, yes, also a different pace. Perhaps we can adapt to how children learn by having lots of movement and song and a short focus.

My favorite conversation from last week was with a young man in Missio Lux. His name is Daniel. He is 10 years old, but the wisdom he carries is light years beyond his age. I asked him what he was reading in the Bible and he told me that he had just finished Revelations. We had a fascinating conversation, one that left me feeling like I had eaten a meal at the most fabulous restaurant in Seattle.

Children are a gift and a blessing. Part of what can happen as we take the step away from the traditional church that sends them to Sunday School is remembering what it is like to have interaction and relationship with people of all ages and lifestages.

Let's come to the table for a rich and satisfying meal!

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