Crusts & Crumbs is a new reflection for Sunday evenings: thoughts on today’s Scripture from parenting’s perspective. If you’re hungry to connect faith and family, let’s chew here together.
Crusts & Crumbs
A time unsurpassed in darkness. Why on earth would anyone choose to have a child? Parents ask this question (and friends inquire and strangers probe) over and over. Why now? Why another? Why at all, in these days of disaster and despair?
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth. A couple decides to try for a baby. A student applies to college. A child starts piano lessons. Is there anything more ordinary or more hopeful?
The stars falling, said the Lord (Mark 13:24-32). The stars forever, wrote the prophet (Daniel 12:1-3). Somewhere between these two – death and eternity, destruction and rebirth, end and beginning – is where we spend our days. Beyond the screaming, wailing headlines – mass shootings, abuse scandals, deadly storms, political turmoil – we make dinner. Help with homework, drive to soccer, switch the laundry to the dryer.
Days arrive when the sun feels darkened. When we cannot see a way forward through our own grief or the world’s tragedies. But we are still here. Dawn rose again. We woke up, got dressed, made breakfast, tried to love the people at our kitchen table, failed, forgave, continued. We assume that the same will go on tomorrow. This is how we each stand daily at our ministry (Hebrews 10:11-14,18).
The extraordinary interrupts: a tumor, a fire, a divorce. Yet these, too, are ordinary: experienced by thousands, every day. What will not pass away are words of truth: Love.
Until the end, we go on beginning.
Why did you choose to have a child, if the choice was yours? What gives you hope in the world today?