Thursday, February 11, 2010

seasons ... children ... scripture

Outdoor season: here in the Northern/Western Hemisphere (ie. upstate NY) it's WINTER!!

What are you doing with kids to make the most of this God-given season? What invisible attributes of God are visible through what His hands have made?

Liturgical season: Epiphany! Here's a challenge. Check out each week's liturgy (which usually includes a passage from OT, Psalms, Epistles & the Gospels) and watch for children.

Here's one of the passages from this Sunday's liturgy:

Luke 9:28-43 (NIV). Someone . . . I forgot who. Probably someone from the Theology of the Child. Someone made the observation that after the Transfiguration (the next day) Jesus ministered to a child. Some might say He ministered to the father. Both are true.

I wonder what options the father had.

According to Luke the father begged Jesus, "Look at my son." He didn't even ask Jesus for healing. The man asked Jesus to look at his only child, his only son. He'd asked the disciples to heal the boy but apparently they weren't able.

In verse 41 Jesus says, "O unbelieving and perverse generation . . . Bring your son here."

All that the man said happened for everyone to see. The boy went into convulsions. "But Jesus rebuked the evil spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. And they were all amazed at the greatness of God." (vs 42-43)

In Exodus 34:29-35 notice the passage says "all the Israelites". Notice the passage from Luke (vs 37) says, "a large crowd met him." Any chance either crowd (or both crowds) included children? If you were there and you were a child what would you notice?

Psalm 99: Does "all the nations" include children? The reference to Samuel. Child or adult? Were children part of the Israel that the psalmist is addressing? The call, is it only a call to adults?

Words like "we," "they," "their," "anyone," "all," in 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2 Do these words include children?

Is this what Theology & the Child is all about (at a least a little bit) ?

I thought I was posting about seasons but (instead of reading a book) let's look at the liturgy each week, looking for children, and see where it takes us. There's more scripture to read than just the liturgy but it's a start...

... a 3 year commitment on my part, is it?

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