Poison Dart Frogs are some of the tiniest and beautiful creatures on the planet; they are also incrediably deadly. So, why call this blog "Tiny Dart Frog"? It goes back to the old adage - good things come in small packages. We are all created exactly as God has intended - unique, strong, and beautiful.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I have a different prayer practice with each of my three sons. My youngest son and I say a prayer in this manner:
Cooper: give you this day
Cooper: of our work
Cooper: all of our play.
Cooper: that we do
Cooper: all that we say.
We've been saying this same prayer together since he was about two (yes...probably time for a new one). We began alternating so he could learn the words....I gave him the prompts.
Last night as we said this prayer for possibly the 1800th time, Cooper says to me,
"Mom, how can we give God the day? God gives them to us. That makes no sense."
Wow. I was shocked he'd even heard the words...let alone hearing them in a new way. Now it's true that theologically we give our days back to God. How we live and act and play (which is what I explained to him)...
But the beauty of his statement was that what he saw first was that his day(s) is given to him by God - first and foremost.
That each and every day is a gift. Sometimes that's harder to see. Since I've worried lately about his days - how he's feeling about our recent move and all, it's nice to know that he still sees them as pure gift.
My name is Christine Stephan, although I answer mostly to Mom or Pastor.
I am a Lutheran pastor for an amazing group of Jesus' disciples just outside Washington DC AND a mom to 3 of the best boys in the universe.
I blog here about family and faith and frustrations....That thing we call 'life'.
My boys are passionate about all things legos, anything involving a ball, video games, and chocolate.
I am an avid runner, a lover of interesting books and deep conversation, a very amateur writer, and also a lover of chocolate.
I also love theology (which is weird, I know), but I don't love theology more than Jesus.
This blog is hardly ever profound, but it is real. As a pastor and I mom, I find 'real' to be more helpful in my journey with Jesus than crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's.