(This musing was written by Sally about two months ago. Mal thought it was fitting to share as a word in season today)
What do you love about the Holy Spirit?
Our kids were asked this one Sunday in Kids Church – to either think specifically about the Holy Spirit or about God in general. Most of them answered referring to the Holy Spirit:
- He’s always willing to help;
- He sticks with you;
- He somehow manages to fit three beings into Himself. (Isn’t the Trinity brilliant!);
- He made us;
- He’s trustworthy;
- He is always with me;
- He looks after my guinea pigs;
- When I’m not great he always shows me a new path to make me feel better – He’s like a light bulb;
- He’s always forgiving;
- He loves you no matter what, even if you do the worst things.
We could spend a lifetime praising and thanking God for those things the kids suggested, couldn’t we? He even cares for guinea pigs! I am still marvelling at how quickly and confidently they responded to the question. It reminded me of the clear vision children often have of God’s beauty and his goodness to us, and what Jesus was at least partly on about when he said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3).
Yes, we have much to learn from our children – and it is not about them being naïve and free from life’s worries either. In our prayer time together that same day some children shared really very hard things that they and their families are living through. However, the main reason I share this is to praise God along with you for how his Holy Spirit is at work in growing our children’s love for Him, and their knowledge and understanding of Him.
Also, I urge you on in your very good work of praying for the child you ‘picked out of the box’. Prayer works, God answers, He is faithful. As we pray and see the faith of our children at St. Philips grow, let our hearts be filled with love, faith and thanksgiving for Him.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could all answer as quickly and as surely as the children did last Sunday, about what we truly love about Him!
“Thanks for this encouragement Sally, I couldn’t agree more. And thanks for your prayers for our young people as they navigate their world. Don’t stop, keep going and never lose heart.”
Sally (and Malcolm)