WE BETTER HOLD ON
Last Sunday I spoke in a large church on a snowy Sunday morning. I had been awhile since I had done this.
They had sent me a copy of the worship format in advance. They did not say who was to the children's moment
prior to the sermon. A few days before we touched base and the lady asked me if i would like to do that as well. She warned me there was not a lot of youth that attend there these days. We decided then and there we would do it anyway and if only the big kids were there. I jumped at the chance and it seemed I knew exactly what I was to do.
My wife was able to get a red baloon filled with helium and has a small white weight to keep it from drifting away.
Sure enough, there was not a single child in the crowd of 80 or souls gathered that morning. I sat on the steps in the front of the church as I would have if kids were in the house. Since there were no little kids present, I could hit upon a few points their presence would have not allowed.
I shared the quote at the end of this blog. It says that baloons teach kids not to let go. I shared that I feel that is indeed the case with our faith especially these dark days and applies to us adults as well. I told them I had read and studied for many years and l have learned that I really do not know much. I have also learned many things I was taught and thought to be true were wrong! How can we have a renewal of our minds without questioning the traditions sometimes handed down to us.
I have reached a stage in my life where my goal is to simply trust in the Lord with all my heart with the simple childlike faith I had years ago. I do not know but I do know someone who does know. His name is Jesus and he said much about the children and reminded us their angels are always in the presence of God himself.
I reminded the adults as we aspire to tweak our faith there are plenty of things we indeed should let go of. Things such as bad habits , bad thoughts, etc. Weight , there 's more! Nope, that is not an error. The weight that held the ballon and from flying away represents all of us who need to help keep them grounded in faith through Bible upbringing. We all are to play a part. Our very presence to come out and worship on a cold winter day sets an example to others and for them regardless if they are here or not. Our beloved country is in trouble and I feel is is because we have let go of what is expected and required of all of us who profess to know Christ. it is not too late. We can still turn this horse around. We better hold on and get a grip because the rodeo is well under way.
There are times in life when people must know when to let go. Baloons are desined to teach
small children this. Terry Pratchett
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