From Vicar's Desk
“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” - Luke 18:16
Dearly beloved in Christ, greetings to you all in the name of the Triune God,
Every first Sunday of November we celebrate as the World Sunday School Day. Do children matter? What is the significance of children in our family and community? What place do children have in the world’s future? When today’s children grow up, will they see themselves as a “lost generation”, whose lives will forever fall in the shadow of a global pandemic? These are some of the questions that we are facing, and we should ask in such a time as this. Insights from Scripture tell us that God is deeply and intimately loves children, calls children, saves children, commissions them, heals them and blesses them. Also, the biblical cues remind us that the experience of the Kingdom of God is open to those who have childlike faith. Through this affirmation, (“for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs”) Jesus wanted to change the deepest hidden structure and grammar about God and God’s kingdom. Jesus invites the disciples to begin to think in a new way about themselves, their lives, and the world, about the way in which they can live and associate with other people and about the way in which they view the kingdom of heaven. In Jesus, God moves children to the center of life although the world has moved them to the margins of society.
So, children can never be less important than anyone else and they can never be less important within the Church. Children are and must be seen as active in the construction and determination of their own social lives, the lives of those around them and of the societies in which they live. Children are not just the passive subjects of social structures and processes, but active participants with creative hopes and visions. Kahlil Gibran, in his book The Prophet speaks about children:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
Let us be like children as well as welcome them to the center of our Church, society, and family, through this we can guide children to discover their own special gifts and are equipped to use it, they experience the powerful work of God in themselves and in other people.
We are very happy and praise God for bringing us to your midst in Seattle. We express our gratitude to the Church for giving bus the opportunity to live and minister here in Seattle. Also, we are thankful to you for the wonderful hospitality and amazing love that all of you are extended to us. We look forward with prayers to live here in the coming days, we also solicit your valuable prayers.
We conducted our parish convention along with the family Sunday in the last week. Also, we observed many special Sundays in the last month, I would like to thank all who gave leadership and who participated in all the meetings and worships. This month we would like to celebrate World Sunday School Sunday and Unity Sunday also prayerfully wish to select the new office bearers for the coming year. Let us whole-heartedly work together to make all the endeavors a blessed one. Kindly uphold us in your valuable prayers.