Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?
(Proper 21B, Mark 9.38-48)
October 1, 2006
We have a baptism today (at 10:30). And as you know, in the baptism service, we not only renew our own Baptismal vows, we also stand up and declare that we will do all in our power to support the child that is being baptized. Particularly we promise to support their lives in Christ.
So we are all promising to be stepping stones in the lives of the children of this church. Because we all take the responsibility of raising and nurturing all children in the Christian faith.
As I was preparing this sermon, I thought of this little card.
It is a list of ten things a Father should do; and I have had it with me since my children were very young. And I still pull it out and read it every now and then. It has some good advice:
Be a man of your word;
I like this one: Treat your family as if the preacher is present.
Be a consistent Christian in home.
Don’t be afraid to admit when you are wrong;
Let children interrupt your work.
And others. And what I have always prayed when I pull this card out and read it; is that when my children are adults,
that they will reflect back on me as one who was a guide along their path of life, and not as an obstacle that they had to overcome in that path.