Protect or Prepare?

My heart aches for this mother and her young son, but I am also filled with admiration for her wisdom, and her understanding of divine love, freedom, sin and grace.

Practicing Families

I did not design it, but my last several posts have developed into a series on sin and grace. All Have Sinned talked about reckoning with my own sin. Grace Rules discussed my child’s guilt over his. Today’s post deals with those who sin against us.

My son’s most prized possession right now is a pile of tiny collectable sports figures, which he has worked all year to acquire. The other day, he took them outside to show to a couple of older boys from the neighborhood.

They immediately began to pester him to give them some of the toys. He offered to give them his duplicates, but they kept asking if they could keep this one or that one. Listening from the living room, I felt uncomfortable about the peer pressure being applied. I decided to let him handle it himself. I didn’t want him to feel like he…

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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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