Reflection: I didn’t grow up being a big fan of kids. I was an “adult at heart” from an early age. I didn’t have many friends in primary school and even when God called me back to him at year 8, my friendships were limited.
But in our family, kids are a part of our home. I could come home to my four biological kids, or a few extra kids, or maybe even a dozen kids (bios, fosters and friends). I never know what to expect.
James tells us not to
show favouritism and, in my home, kids are always welcome. Often, it’s over “taco dinner” where everyone can bring someone to contribute (cheese, salsa, lettuce, even a carrot will do). We all share a meal together and the kids are a big part of it.
All are welcome at God’s table (especially, as Jesus said, the “little ones”). James words are also relevant for singles, empty nesters etc. Who can we invite to our table to share a meal with?
Questions: Is there a child (or family) in my sphere of influence who needs a seat at my dinner table?
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love for all of us, regardless of age,
background and birthright. Thank you for opening your kingdom to all men, women and children and thank you for your steadfast love for us. Help us to see the opportunities to open our heart and home to others, without showing favoritism.
We’re reading the Bible until September 8th with Rick Pekan. Rick is Bible Society Australia’s church and community relations coordinator in WA. With his wife Louise, Rick has been a foster carer for 40 children as well as having four children of their own.