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Our Children, Our Now

posted Jun 14, 2019, 11:39 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Pentecost blessings of wind and fire to you!


The set is up on the pulpit area; the tails and ears are ready to be put on; Kitty O’Bey will make a command performance; Growlbert will return; and the voices of our youth will sing loud and clear in glory to God.


No, it’s not a new Broadway musical; it’s Children’s Day at Middletown Reformed Church! This Sunday, June 14, MRC’s mini-members will be telling a story of how to honor your family, biological or chosen, with Copycats of the King, Part II.


Whenever I’m with our children, I recall something a friend of mine once said, “Children aren’t our future. They are our now.” I have never forgotten that statement because it rings so true.


And so, as we rejoice with our children this Sabbath, let us also remember ALL the children and youth of our world who are caught in the middle of wars, who are languishing in between borders, who are going hungry and thirsty every night, who are not welcomed in their places of worship because of their gender identity or sexual identity, and who are being physically and sexually abused. They too are our now.

I hope for a world where one day this prayer will be our reality:

O God, help us to recover our hope for our children’s sake.
Help us to recover our courage for our children’s sake.
Help us to recover our discipline for our children’s sake.
Help us to recover our ability to work together for our children’s sake.
Help us to recover a spirit of sacrifice for our children’s sake.
Help us to recover our faith in You for our children’s sake. (Marian Wright Edelman, Guide My Feet)

May it be so, Lord Jesus. May it be so.


In gratitude for the joy of being your Pastor and the holy call of loving you,


Pastor Trish




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