I think my church has the best nursery coordinator in the world. K.G. is organized, detail-oriented, AND gracious, loving and super good at relationships. I really admire her! AND, these days? I’m extremely grateful for her re: our littlest, wonderful, fun, strong-willed and NOT so good at relationships love bug, Ella.
Yes. Yes. Our beloved, not-quite three year-old daughter, Ella, continues to have some serious “issues” in the nursery and I have to say, one of my first emotions in response is embarrassment. Not quite mortification (“to cause someone to feel embarrassed, ashamed, or humiliated”) … but kinda close. Moving in that direction. You know, embarrassed. No one likes to have their kid disciplined or reprimanded in classroom / nursery settings.
But even given my slight Fear of Man (Prov. 29:25) response, my overwhelming emotion is one of hopefulness. I have great hope that God is at work in the life of my daughter and He will never give up on her. I likewise have great hope that my church family will never give up on her. After all, this is the vow they took at her baptism:
“Do you as a congregation undertake the responsibility of assisting the parents in the Christian nurture of this child?”
That’s why, when we got home from church on Sunday and I was tempted to dwell on our current, um, challenges, Fred could confidently and lovingly exhort me to remember that:
“This is why we take vows.”
They to us and us to them. We’re in it for the long-haul and we’re in it as family.
May God be glorified as we share “not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (1 Thessalonians 2:8 )!
Blessings and joy,