A couple weeks back in church I talked about how vacationing in York Beach, Maine is a tradition that has been a part of my family since I was a kid. If you have ever been there you know that one of the beautiful sites in the area is Nubble Light – a lighthouse which sits on an island, just off the coast. I can remember exploring the rocks near the lighthouse with my father, and I did the same with my children. We walked on those same rocks, which are battered by wave after wave, day after day – yet seemingly unchanged through the years. So much has changed and yet there these rocks are – always there, standing up to do battle against the tide. And there is that lighthouse in the midst of it all still giving out its signal to help boats stay safe on their journey.
As we move into September, I have been thinking about the changes and challenges we face in our lives, and how important a firm foundation is to take on the changing times and tides of our lives. The children who have just started school, whether it is going to 1st grade or off to college need to feel that firm foundation. This is a beginning, or a continuation, to a many year process that prepares them to be all God created them to be. Parents everywhere (including Sarah and I) are hoping that even as their children go out on their own they will feel our presence, feel our love - to take on whatever challenges, whatever ups and downs the world might bring them. This foundational love of God, ideally the love of parents, and the love of a church community, is very much like those rocks and light on the coast of Maine.
This is the type of love God has for each one of us - the type of love a parent has for a child - a participating love that connects us at our very being as children of God. It’s not easy to feel this love of God at every moment of our journey. I’m sure each of us at times have wondered where God was in a particular challenge or crisis. St. Augustine in his book, the “Confessions,” wrote about his life prior to discovering his faith - how he searched and searched for fulfillment, for something to satisfy his cravings. When he finally found himself as a child of God, he wrote, “God was inside me. But, I was outside myself. And that is how we missed each other.” We have to always be there to remind each other of a love from God that is closer to us than our breath and nearer than our hands and feet.
This is what we are called to share with our church family’s children through Sunday School. This Sunday we start the Sunday School year and I am thankful for those who have volunteered so far to help. Consider being a part of this effort that will not only allow you to bless another’s life, but also bring blessing to your life too. Email the church at email@example.com and let us know you want to help – with Sunday School or with Children’s church (after the children’s message for the kids on Sunday morning). Thanks for prayerfully considering this opportunity.
See you in church!
Grace and peace,