By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
I’ve owned refrigerator alphabet magnets since before I became a parent, but suddenly, they are an easy distraction during dinner time prep. We also have bathtub foam letters, and a dozen “A is for…” alphabet books. The intangible—language—becomes tangible: letters to hold and throw and taste and see at bath time, bed time and dinner time.
I think this week’s Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness is similar. It is completely intangible. And yet, how do we make faithfulness tangible for toddlers and third graders and young parents and octogenarians?
- Hold hands at dinner, and speak aloud words of gratitude ending with “Amen.”
- Show up to a sacred place and sing ancient songs together.
- Read ancient stories filled with people who remind us what love, forgiveness and humanness looks like.
- Help people.
For me, faithfulness is about practice. And, there are so many ways to practice. What activities in faithfulness has your family cultivated?
- Commit to saying a meal time prayer as a family three times this week.
- Walk our labyrinth with your child telling them that God is with us when we walk together and God is with us no matter what.
- Commit to attending worship three times this summer, whether at Kenilworth Union, or while you are on vacation (trying out a church while you are away from home can hold holy surprises).
- Have a family conversation asking one another “What was your high for the day? What was your low for the day? Where did you see God today?”