Quoting the Bible is a funny thing. It seems to me that, if the title of this message were “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” your reaction might be different. And yet, because we know the context of this quote from Exodus 20 – the ten commandments, the picture I have attached to this blog makes a lot more sense. In God’s commandments, the overarching theme is one of care. God cares for you. God cared for the Israelites, and released them from slavery and gave them rules that would make their lives better. That’s it.
It’s the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers Neighborhood – at least the version that came out on Public Broadcasting that most of the US could watch. Fred Rogers, with his cardigan sweater, sneakers and welcoming atitude set out to target a television show to very young kids. And he talked about their feelings right away. Because very young kids are precious. They are easily hurt, and that hurt can last a very long time.
There’s a website I found recently, “Show them Jesus” that got my attention. http://jackklumpenhower.com/ The author of this book makes the case that people can only learn the Bible, and begin to live in the way God calls us to, by knowing Jesus. And he says start with children.
My church, Holy Cross Lutheran, is a good place, an intentional place.
The Way of the Cross
Reflections on the Passion of the Christ
You are invited to walk in the steps of Christ, as you participate in the Stations of the Cross in a prayerful discipline. Consider walking along the stations, drinking in the artwork offered to you, reading the scriptures that apply to that station, and offering a prayer, before moving to the next station. Take as long as you wish. Pause, and pray as needed.