Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2021 Blog Number 3
January 18, 2021
Faithful Christian Children
It was seven years ago that I was thrilled when one of my daughter’s was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. She is part of a lengthy tradition. Both her parents as well as her maternal grandfather are ministers. Just eight days ago I was thrilled once again when her sister, my other daughter was ordained as a deacon in the Reformed Church in America. I could not have been more pleased that she is following the faith tradition.
I remember the day when I was ordained as a deacon. I was still in high school as well as the day that I was ordained as a minister of word and sacrament. These events really originated, I think, when I was in pre-school and early grammar school. Whenever my grandmother was greeting in church she would drag me with her so that I could stand next to her so that she could show me off to her friends. These other ladies would pinch my check until it felt like it would fall off.
As I got to college my behavior was less than exemplary. God was much more faithful to me than I was to him. It took me a few years to straighten myself out and begin to live the life that I should have been leading. Finally, by God’s grace I did arrive back on the correct track even though I still have a long way to go. When children arrived, I vowed that I would try to pass on the faith as it was given to me in those early years greeting people in church with my grandmother. I taught and role modeled as best I could and prayed that my girls would be women of faith.
I guess God heard my prayers and I am thrilled and grateful. It wasn’t easy. There were a lot of tears when we placed church above other activities. There were times when I endured anger when I had to say, “church comes first.” Now I am very glad that I did.
Not every parent has the same experiences. Many have raised children in the faith only to have them fade away. Yet, in this case my efforts bore fruit and I rejoice in that. What do we do with those who have left the faith? Love them, pray for them and continue to be examples of Christian faith.
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