Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Parents, Take Some Time
Last night my church had an Religious Education Town Hall meeting. It was very interesting, but one theme that emerged pretty quickly, was that most parents are uncomfortable answering their children's religious/spiritual questions because they don't really know themselves. Sunday school happens for about one hour a week. Teachers can only do so much in that short of time. Therefore, you, the parent, are your children's main spiritual guide. Children look up to their parents, and, hopefully, really value your opinion. I want to encourage all of you to take some time and invest in YOURSELF and your spiritual development. Read books, participate in any Adult Education your congregation provides, join a Chalice Circle, or devote time to daily meditation. The best influence you can have on your child in setting an example of what lifelong spiritual development in about. It is OK that you don't know all the answers (who really does?), but by trying to understand what you truly believe/feel can go a long way in easing difficult discussions with your child. Giving them the gift of faith, needs to begin by giving yourself the gift of faith.