“How Do You
The Pastor asked
if anyone had received a Christmas card with a beautiful family
picture this year. Everyone said yes.
“Didn’t they look amazingly happy?”
asked if anyone had received a Christmas card with a portrait of
Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph. Almost everyone replied
Then, he asked,
“Don’t you wish your family was as happy as the families in
those pictures?” Silence fell over the
The Pastor shared
that the family picture was taken during a family outing or
vacation. That picture was simply a snapshot, not representative of
their everyday lives. He shared that the beautiful card showing the
birth of Jesus portrayed a perfect night.
He continued his
message sharing there are no perfect families. All families have
conflicts, and problems.. There are financial, medical, and health
problems. There is the death of family members, distrust,
disobedience, disrespect, and dishonesty, There may be infidelity
or personality conflicts. There may be rivalries, even family
members who despise each other. In spite of the beautiful pictures,
there are no perfect families.
The pastor then
explained the problems faced by the Holy Family. Mary and Joseph
were engaged as teenagers. Then Joseph discovered Mary was
pregnant. He married her anyway. In the month when Jesus was to be
born, Mary and Joseph were forced to travel 90 miles, in winter, to
Bethlehem. This was their first trip away from home. “Imagine
riding 90 miles on a donkey while 9 months
Upon arrival, the
only available shelter was a smelly, cold animal stable. The couple
had to manage the birth by themselves. Later, they were forced into
exile in Egypt to avoid Jesus being murdered. Years later they lost
Jesus when they were at the temple. Finally, Mary had to witness
the torture and crucifixion of her son.
Then the pastor
concluded saying, “Since there are no perfect families, let’s
take this season to forgive one another. Children need to forgive
their parents. Parents need to forgive their children.” He
suggested that every family member should commit to finding the
good in their families and work toward making life better for each
That was our
Pastor’s powerful message to us for 2024.
It is my sincere
prayer this year, that you and your families will find healing
through honesty and forgiveness, as you grow in love and support
for each other.
That is today’s
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“Who Is Responsible?”
Infants transition into childhood, through their teen years, to
These adults are expected to be contributing members of society for
themselves, their families, and others whom they
Who is responsible for guiding these children from infancy to
maturity? Let’s look at each of the responsible
PARENTS: Mothers and fathers are the primary influencers on their
children. This is true for every child. They are responsible for
setting a lasting example of how adults behave and take
responsibility for their actions. They are to teach their children
right from wrong, setting boundaries and expectations for their
children’s behavior and performance. Parents are to monitor what
their children are being taught, while assisting their teachers, to
ensure that each child is working, learning, and
TEACHERS: Next to the parents, teachers and professors have great
influence on the children’s journey from childhood to adulthood.
They are responsible for assisting students to learn their
subjects, gain proficiency through their performance, while
reinforcing the values expected of responsible adults. Regularly
communicating with parents keeps everyone involved in guiding
children toward becoming adults.
ADMINISTRATORS: Elected politicians, school board members, and
unelected bureaucrats have great influence on what, how, and if
courses are offered and taught. They are responsible for providing
the tools necessary for teachers to teach, for children to learn,
and to keep parents involved. They must be servant leaders
empowered to assist, not to indoctrinate.
CLERGY: Religious leaders teach and influence their congregations,
both children and adults. They are responsible for teaching
biblical values, how to have a personal relationship with God. and
for providing guidance in how to live responsibly both as children
and as adults.
STUDENTS: As they grow through the various stages of childhood,
students are responsible for studying, doing their work, and
learning from their parents, teachers, and coaches. They are to
learn through their activities and their studies while mirroring
the positive examples set by responsible adults.
Judy and I assumed that, by having children, we signed up for a 25
year assignment. We now understand that this is a lifelong
We encourage you to actively get involved in your own education and
that of your children. They should be able to look at you and
realize that learning never ends. And, that they have the
responsibility to assist others to be the best version of
That is today’s Morning Minute.