Actual Food — Our Children
June 3, 2020 — Daily Tie Message
I want to make today’s message a call to prayer for our children. I usually write what is on my heart…I trust that it comes from the spirit’s nudging, and children have been on my heart lately. If I try to imagine how an experience like the last few months would have affected me as, say a five year-old, I can imagine things like more intense feelings of insecurity, confusion, questions, and generally being more upset about anything…just off the top of my head. The thing is, children don’t mask their feelings, but they usually don’t verbalize them either, so the adults in their lives have to operate in the realm of guesswork based on the behavior they see, or the lack of “behavior”. My son has three children, ages 2, 4 and 6, and to say this experience has been “challenging” just doesn’t adequately capture the magnitude. In an article entitled, “Identity of Attachment: How God Shapes Our Neurobiology”, Andi Thacker states, “All the connections that form within the brain are based on a child’s experiences.” He goes into much detail, but the point is that even if we wanted to, we can’t take the pandemic experience out of the brains of our children. It is shaping them whether we like it or not. And each child handles it differently because by nature, each of their little brains is put together differently. Factor in each situation being different, each parent being different, different parenting styles, and who knows what the outcome will be. Thankfully, Jesus’ words scream out to us, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) In Mark these words were spoken with indignation toward those who were holding the children away from Jesus. Jesus says, “I love the little children” by his welcome to them. When I think of the staycation experience and its effect on our children, I think, “Thank you Jesus, for welcoming them.” I want to pray today that children everywhere today feel safe, secure and loved by those close to them, and most of all, by Jesus. Please join me in being prayerful today for our kiddos.
Quote taken from p. 148, The Self Examined: Christian Perspectives on Human Identity, Jenny McDill, editor, Abilene Christian University Press, 2018