I am excited to worship with you on this special Children's Sabbath. Across the country Children's Sabbaths bring together Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Bahá'í communities, as well as multi-faith coalitions that lift up children in need and answer their own faith tradition’s call to pursue justice, mercy, and compassion. It is exciting to be a part of such a broad movement, and one that is so clearly and deeply supported here at Los Altos UMC. Again and again, my heart is full as I learn about how deeply rooted our church's commitment is to caring for and supporting young people.
As a new kindergarten mom, I witness how our schools today are working (often) with a children to teacher ratio of 25-30-40:1 in the classrooms. I don't know how our teachers do it! Pediatricians, social workers, counselors have caregiver to child patient ratios that are similarly astounding. When I pray over these numbers, I think of the child’s prayer that is ... now the prayer of the Children's Sabbath organization:
Be good to me.
The sea is so wide and my boat is so small."
I will share with you that this little prayer knocks me to my core each time I read it. But, I know, as a disciple of Christ, as an Easter people (yes, in the middle of fall!), that we are a people of hope, called to share God's story of resurrection. A daunting task, but one that is more necessary than ever as our seas of caring, nurture and support are ever-widening, and our safety nets ever decreasing. As a community of faith, we respond to these overwhelming ratios that I shared above — through our many ministries throughout the seasons — and in our day-to-day lives as Christ's disciples. Missions and ministries such as “Get on the Bus,’ “Everyone’s Inn,” “Homework Club,’ and “Door of Faith” empower us to respond as Christ’s disciples to a world in need. So, how are we continuing to support and grow these ministries that provide a caring network for the lives of God's children and young people? I would suggest that how we answer this question -- is the answer to how we are following Jesus. Let’s work together as Christ’s disciples to make our boat ever bigger and the seas much less narrow.
Your sister in Christ,