Hold It up to the Light

This gives me courage and hope for the 40 some children from a local community who are all in temporary foster care. I hold their and their parents hearts up to the light as well.

Practicing Families

Last night our daughter, Amélie, left a handmade card out on the dining room table for us to find after she went to bed.

heart card outside

The outside of the card says, “I am so thankful for 2 awsome, loving, kind, sweet, pashent parents.  Thanks.”  (Ignore the misspellings.  She is homeschooled. :))

The inside says, “I love you guys so much!”

heart card inside

I sat on my porch last night with this card and cried.

I cried because she is precious.

I cried because one of my dearest friends, in an act of heinous injustice, has had her child snatched from her.  I know my daughter is thankful that she lives in a home with four solid walls and two (relatively) stable parents and one big love that wraps us up and keeps us safe and makes us feel secure.  Amélie, though, has watched me grieve for my friend and her child.  She grieves…

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About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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One Response to Hold It up to the Light

  1. M. Funk says:

    Thanks for sharing this. Questions like this are what we all have to grapple with at times, and it’s true – they are even more difficult when a child asks them.

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