Our church, like many, hosts Trunk-n-Treat as All Hallows Eve (Halloween) draws near. We share a meal and then hand out treats to church and neighborhood children. In fun, my wife and I gave children a choice this year — candy or carrot sticks?
(Yes, the halo and horns are store bought.)
What IS the best we can hand on to our children? What do we want to give our children, grandchildren, the upcoming generation?
Soon comes Christmas and for more privileged families the question of what to give focuses on presents and shiny packages. As Christmas approaches, many of us also will give thought to deprived children and their families. We look for ways to “assure Christmas” for a child in need. These efforts involve secret Santas and gift stockings and angel trees and extra offerings.
Do our children connect these gifts with God’s gift?
In every season, people of good will, acting on their faith and values look for ways to give the best to all the children entrusted to us.
As he teaches us about trusting God always, to pray constantly, Jesus asks, Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? (Luke 11:11-12)
Our faith community partners with orphanages in Haiti and the Urkraine, sending education and health supplies, builders, medical caregivers, recreation leaders, children’s Bible story books, our love and prayers.
We want to give our children near and far an abundance of joy and hope. We pray that they can have what they need to live well.
To that end, the family of Christian disciples set sacred times when we dedicate, consecrate, present, baptize, confirm, teach and establish programs to “raise and nurture children in the admonition of the Lord Jesus.”
(Our Christian font of “new birth”)
It is no small thing to “give” our children to God. To entrust our lives and those of our children to the Way of Jesus Christ is to declare what we believe is best.
How may our children receive and relish the God-enriched life? How will all children trust that God calls them blessed and beloved? How can all children become themselves holy vessels for God’s treasure?
With God’s help and commitment to a community of trusting faith, we can help them to trust the One who entrusted them to us:
If you then, who are not righteous, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask? (Luke 11:13)