“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
– Jesus, John 14.27
Peace. It seems like a limited commodity for families these days. Parents are making long commutes and enduring the longest work days in generations. Our children’s activities – good and wonderful activities, yes – keep us going from practice to performance. The pace has picked up. Family time, down time, sabbath time is crowded out.
And in the midst of all this, we’re hounded with studies and advice and Facebook posts about what we should be doing as parents. Yet sometimes, it seems that simply keeping our kiddos alive and dressed and well fed (do chicken nuggets count as “well fed?”) is a major accomplishment. Peace? How?
Some parenting wisdom is perennial, proverbial and seems to last the span of time. Other parenting wisdom, however, is dated and rooted in interpretations of the Biblical witness that need to be revised in light of today’s biblical scholarship and the best contemporary childhood development research has to offer.
If we desire a different outcome, we need to choose to act differently.
In the Gospel of John we learn that Jesus desired a different outcome for his followers. His outcome is abundant life (John 10). Jesus urged his followers to act in a way that was different from the expectations of the world. The foundation of Jesus’ way of life is love. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13.34-35).
We’ll gather one Monday evening each month to explore our Lord’s love, peace, and promise of abundant life for our families.
Join with parents and caregivers to explore a Christian framework for parenting in the 21st century.
6:45 Arrival and fellowship
Childcare will be provided. Children will be cared for by youth in our basement.
Older elementary youth may bring homework to complete upstairs.
7:00 Prayer and a Reading from the Gospel of John
7:15 Brief presentation of evening’s parenting topic based upon
Whole-Brain Parenting and No Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel
7:30 Small Group Discussion
7:50 Sharing insights and Closing Prayer
Dates (all Mondays):