Some children know how to speak God’s truth early on. Some are more reticent, but I think the best Christian formation helps them to realize that God has known them since before they were born, and that God’s word is part of them, to be shared with the world in a unique way. Adults who have had the experience of growing up in the faith can help children to know God. Curricula help in Christian formation, and content matters, but relationships and the encounter with God matter more. Adults and children together can meet God and become prophets, apostles and teachers to others. They may not realize it, but God’s words are in them, right in their mouths, ready to come out when God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, calls them forth.
Today we gladly offer warm Happy Mothers’ Day wishes to all mothers. This special celebration leads me to think about the great role that mothers play in passing on faith to their children. I realize that my own mom was instrumental in helping me develop a life of faith by her faithful instruction, but especially by her own authentic example.
A young man named Timothy, who lived a long time ago and became a Christian minister at a young age, was greatly influenced by his mother, Eunice, and his grandmother Lois—a little fact that we can all read about in the Bible in the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy, chapter 1, verse 5. St. Luke’s can even claim a founding-mother. St. Luke’s came to be thanks to the efforts of a woman, Aggie Finks, who began to serve children in our community with the zeal of a mother. Happy Mothers’ Day to mothers everywhere! Effective mothers, grandmothers, and women who play mothers-like roles are treasured gifts to us all.
This past Tuesday, I learned more about the continued efforts that Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services is doing to help others have a roof over their heads. An easy way to support the work of GSH this month is to LIKE their FB site. For each FB LIKE that GSH receives in February an anonymous donor will contribute $5 to GSH.