Dilemmas

You know how it is when you are faced with a dilemma – all sorts of time is spent thinking about it without a lot of helpful results?  I have been engaged in this sort of thing this week. 

 

We have kids that attend our church.  Not a huge number but some.  Some come with their parents and then a few less come just from the neighbourhood.  “Walk ins” as we would say at my office, meaning that they come for what they need but don’t have a real connection to the rest of the people who attend.  In actual fact, they may come for the cookies – what self respecting kid would pass up free cookies and juice on a Sunday morning when mom and dad or whomever cares for them are still sleeping.  We also offer them a lot of good music prayer and a sermon but, you know, I doubt that those things really draw them in. 

 

You know how it is when you are faced with a dilemma – all sorts of time is spent thinking about it without a lot of helpful results?  I have been engaged in this sort of thing this week. 

 

We have kids that attend our church.  Not a huge number but some.  Some come with their parents and then a few less come just from the neighbourhood.  “Walk ins” as we would say at my office, meaning that they come for what they need but don’t have a real connection to the rest of the people who attend.  In actual fact, they may come for the cookies – what self respecting kid would pass up free cookies and juice on a Sunday morning when mom and dad or whomever cares for them are still sleeping.  We also offer them a lot of good music prayer and a sermon but, you know, I doubt that those things really draw them in. 

 

The kids from the neighbourhood and the kids attached to parents who attend do not really like to be confined to a small space it seems.  And a few of the kids may be FAE or FAS and can’t help but not be attentive.  They seem fine with that but we adults have other ideas.  We like kids who sit still and listen.  We like kids who take their little craft paper and complete it without needing a lot of help and then actually take it home gloating over their achievements to their parents, maybe reciting the Bible verse as they hand it to mom or dad. 

 

Instead of this we have kids whose parents we never see.  We get no help from them if the kids run off and spend the class time in the washroom. (if we sent them to the washroom I am sure they would not want to go there, but who can argue with a kid who says he’s got to go?)

 

We have trouble with burn out.  No, not the kids, the adults who decide to take on the responsibility of teaching these kids stuff about Jesus.  I AM BURNT OUT TRYING TO FIND ADULTS TO HELP! 

 

That is one of my duties. 

 

So this Sunday, I don’t know.  I suspect I will be in that room with the kids.  Because I do care about them and I do want them to learn about Jesus.  I wonder if they most times think of Jesus as just another adult.  I doubt they understand how much he cares about them.  I doubt they know how much I care about them – especially when I am desperately trying to keep their attention with stern words.

 

O God help us. 

 

This morning I was reading in Mark 6 the story of Jesus feeding all the people that came to listen to him.  What struck me most about the story was not the feeding part, or the amount left over.  It was the fact that Jesus and his friends were tired.  Jesus knew his disciples needed a rest and so he says to go with him to a quiet place.  They take off together across the lake but instead of quiet on the other shore, they have a huge crowd waiting.  Jesus and his disciples need to debrief but out of compassion, Jesus puts the needs of the crowd first and spends the time instead teaching the people many things.  Maybe this taught the disciples a whole lot about service and the kind of life style they were in for.  I think the feeding part also taught them a huge lesson – that no matter what they needed, God would provide in abundance.

 

I know that lesson.  God has been teaching me that one too for years now. 

 

Surely he will provide for me and for the kids who need to listen to him teaching them many things.

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  1. Gavin

    What’s the dilemma? Kids? Cookies? Sounds good to me so far….

  2. Linea

    Oh the kids and cookies makes sense to me too. It is just the dilemma I have to face – I have to find someone to take charge of the kids and teach them. I can’t do it all so I lie awake at night wondering who will do it and have run out of people to ask!