Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pour Your Heart Out: Thoughts on Faith

I had one of those mornings this weekend where I didn't want to go to church... I woke up Sunday morning, after having been out kind of late for a friend's birthday the night before and I really just wanted to veg.  

However, it is Advent and it was Communion Sunday, so we went.

We left five minutes late and when we got there, because it's Advent AND Communion Sunday, it was a mob scene and I couldn't find a parking spot.

I said to the kids, "Do you just want to go home?"

Of course, they said, "Yes!"

Then I drove up one last street and there was a spot, so we piled out and ran for it.  The Boy can take Communion now, after making his first last month, so he'd already opted to stay with me. The Girl, too, wanted to sit in church instead of going to Sunday School.

I'm so glad we made the effort.

My kids got along fabulously, sharing markers and coloring from the Activity Bags they hand out.

I got to take Communion by Intinction with my son.  As he walked up in front of me to take Communion in this manner for the first time, I *may* have teared up some.

Afterward, as The Girl sat on my lap, I realized that both of my children know the words to The Lord's Prayer.  It's not something we say regularly at home and they are usually in Sunday School while I attend service, so I hadn't realized that they both knew it. It was the first time we said it all together.

I *may* have teared up again.

I grew up in what I imagine many would consider a secular Christian household.  We attended church each week, but there wasn't a lot of open prayer or discussion of God in our home.  There is still so much I do not know, even as an adult.  I am raising my children in a manner that is more open and actively Christian than the way I was raised, but to many, it, too, probably seems largely secular.  It's not. My faith is important to me and so is giving my children a faith foundation... These moments mean so much....

I'm so glad we made the effort.

Sometimes you don't realize what you need until you've got it!

19 comments:

April said...

Good morning! I'm popping over from SITS, even though we've "met" before! I grew up in a home similar to yours. My mom and I went to church, but my dad never attended. So, we sort of kept our faith on the DL. Now, that I'm a parent, my faith has become such a huge part of who I am and my family and I talk openly about it all the time.

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope to have a more faith-loving home than I grew up in. It makes a difference.

Heather said...

What a great story. You never really know what you need. And sometimes what you think you need the most is so not it.

Happy you were able to share such a great experience with your children

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I am always glad to have gone!

Barbara said...

I struggle with this every Sunday. I'm not very religious although I grew up in a very strict Catholic home. We make the effort to go every Sunday to give our son a foundation in faith that I think is important, however, we don't discuss it much at home because of the way I was raised.

Diane said...

There have been many times when I just didn't feel like getting up and putting forth the effort on Sunday mornings and do it anyway. And I swear it is always on those days that I feel like I get the most out of the service.

I think bringing children up with some kind of faith is so important and has more of an effect (later on) that we ever realized it was having.

So happy you had that wonderful, blessed moment with your kids.

Shell said...

What a proud mama moment!

Slamdunk said...

Three cheers for you mom. Thanks for inspiring us.

And, nobody said being a person of Faith was easy--we are just confident in the long-term benefits.

RoryBore said...

Amen!
I have many of these Sundays...where I often don't even get to hear the sermon because something is happening with one of my 3. Most often an explosive diaper from the toddler. What's the point I ask sometimes.
But my mom reminded me of the point: if I don't treat church like it is worth the effort - they won't either! They will never learn what faith is, if I don't step out in it every Sunday - even when I don't feel like it!
So I stick. So they will stick.

Lisha @ DeLovely Life said...

I didn't grow up in a Christian home but my husband practically grew up in church/Bible camp. I found God, or rather He found me when I was a teenager. I've been growing in my walk with God ever since. I agree, faith makes a huge difference and I want my children to know more of God than I did when I was a child. And those sound like some beautiful memories that you all created.

StardustSavannah said...

I think it's so important to share your Faith and beliefs with your children- (no matter what they are) and to teach them love and acceptance of all paths.

How proud they must have made you!
Great job, Mama!

Renegades said...

It takes making the effort. Good for you for doing it.

The Lucky Wife said...

Thanks for the visit for our SITS day! Hope you enjoy the Limoncello if you decide to make it... come back and let us know!

We feel the same way as far as how I was raised and wanting faith to be a bigger influence in my parenting and very active in our home. There's a big difference in secular versus "godly, Biblical" Christian parenting. While I am sure our parents did the best they could, I definitely want to be more "intentional"!

Tiffany said...

I'm so proud of you for going ahead and finding that parking spot. :) My family and I rarely miss church anymore, but when we first starting going we found ourselves not going regularly like we should. Then on the days when we found it easier to stay home but went anyways, the message was rewarding.

bigguysmama said...

It's amazing how much our kids soak in. I grew up a "holiday" Catholic. We'd go on holidays, but as my life changed and I took my faith seriously, I knew I had to pass it on to my kids. I'm so thankful I did because watching their faith grow and develop, it does my heart good.

~Mimi

Rachael said...

How lovely. Sometimes, it's worth making ourselves do something when it SEEMS like it would be better not to.

Charlotte said...

That definitely sounds like a beautiful day you shared with your kids. And I probably would've teared up, too!

I was raised Christian/Jewish, but I still don't consider myself to be very religious. But when I imagine a future for my children, I would like them to have an understanding of religions the way I did. Somehow I feel it'll take on new meaning to me then.

Charlotte said...

That definitely sounds like a beautiful day you shared with your kids. And I probably would've teared up, too!

I was raised Christian/Jewish, but I still don't consider myself to be very religious. But when I imagine a future for my children, I would like them to have an understanding of religions the way I did. Somehow I feel it'll take on new meaning to me then.

Mrs4444 said...

We never, ever regret making the effort to get to church. I know exactly what you're talking about.