The family and I spent Saturday night at an event in University City called Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, which was a fun night of being with like-minded people, dreaming and challenging each other to pray and move towards move Jesus, less bombs, and more….ice cream. I must say that Jake and I were hesitant to go because we were unsure of how the kids would do (3 kids + 7-9pm event + loud music + adult environment=???). But we are SO glad we did, because the kids all rocked it and have been talking about how Jesus feels about war, nonviolence, and ice cream (oh you can only imagine some of the profound and WEIRD conversations we’ve had with Asante). It’s made a huge impact on him, and even Aly a little too.
Anyway, at the event, they were running a special deal on a subscription to Conspire magazine (put out by the Simple Way), so I bought myself an early New Years gift. The current issue is themed “children of God“, which is mostly about parenting. It has been challenging and encouraging me a lot; so much so that I just have to share some of this stuff and hopefully get some of ya’lls feedback. Even if you are not a parent, there is room for you at the table here. Most likely you have little ones in your life that you care deeply about and in which you play some sort of role in their formation.
To start out this series, I want to share a small portion from a poem to God that one of the contributers wrote…
I will not raise my children ignorant of pain
I will not raise my children to believe they are the axis on which the world turns
I will not guarantee they will not go to bed hungry;
They will recognize the cries of the world before they know their multiplication tables….
When you come knocking at bath time,
may our fate not be forever sealed as goats
because we washed backs and played with bubbles….
Almost everyday I feel great tension between the duties of caring for my children and caring for people outside of my immediate context. I think for the first time ever, I have encountered material that seriously interacts with this tension.
Parenting in the Kingdom of God is not for the faint of heart…