The goal of a Christian family is to provide the same refuge we are given in Christ.
Proverbs 14:26; 17:6; 19:18; 20:11; 22:6; 28:7 29:15
November 8, 2015
It’s not possible to preach a sermon about family in a vacuum. There’s always context. When we turn to what Proverbs has to say about children, there is context.
Today my context, and perhaps yours, is a 24-year-old member of this congregation on life support. I’ve known Luke Garrison since he was 2, and watched him grow up. The context his situation gives me is that raising children is fraught with uncertainty. When you bring a child into the world or into your family, you don’t know how the future will unfold.
You also don’t know how a child will develop – whether they’ll do well in school or struggle, where on the spectrum between anorexia and obesity they will fall, how they’ll respond to discipline, whether they’ll be healthy, how they will respond to Christ, and a thousand other variables. This is especially true for adoptive families.
You don’t know how parenthood will change you, for good or bad. All of us discover parts of us we didn’t know were there. I’ve often heard my wife Linda say she never knew she was so selfish until she had children.
I vividly remember a story about our oldest child, Philip, sitting in a high chair when he was a year or two in age. Linda was there, I’m sure. It seems like maybe others were present as well – maybe her parents? I don’t remember.
What I remember is that I put milk and sugar in my hot tea, as I still do every morning, and stirred it with a metal spoon. Then I took that hot spoon and touched it to my young son’s arm. Naturally he pulled back and started crying. You may think I was cruel, but at the time I thought everyone would enjoy the joke. They didn’t. Read more »