Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them. – Psalm 127:3-5
I’m adding just a short post this afternoon, as this morning’s was a re-blog.
This spring, three and a half years into Rebekah’s ministry here, coming out of the excitement of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church‘s 25th anniversary celebration in the fall, and having rebuilt the family ministries staff, 2017 feels very much like our starting place for the future.
That’s why it was so exciting to see so many children overrunning the place this morning. If we really are building a strong foundation for the next stage of our life here as a faith community, then the presence of so many young children – and, of course, their parents – is the kind of encouragement that makes everyone smile.
Kids crowded all around Rebekah during the children’s moment at the Praise service. There were 30 in 9:00 His Kids worship, then 27 more showed up in HolyWood during 11:15 church.
Then, and this is a great story, fourteen of our Cub Scouts received their “God and Me” award. Scoutmaster Byron reminded Rebekah of a conversation they’d had just two years ago, when there were only two kids in the troop. “You said we should believe God for fifteen,” he said. “Fifteen…”
Yes, fifteen may well have seemed like a tall order, but there is a real sense of God is in the business of doing amazing things around here at the moment, and it’s beautiful to be in the orbit of such affirmation and life.
But isn’t that what this business of following Jesus is all about? Life, affirmation, light, and promise. And hope; hope is another word for “children,” isn’t it?
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.