Each night during this season of Lent our family sits around our kitchen table and reads two chapters from the Gospel. It is somewhat of a juggling act with our 5 year and 18 month olds. What has struck me are the conversations with the children concerning the scriptures and how we apply them to everyday life. Because I'm "The Minister" I'm to have all the answers, yet many times I have found myself saying "I don't know."
It shouldn't be a surprise that they often see life-changing dynamics I somehow missed. I suppose part of it is where they find themselves in life and how the scriptures speak into it. I remember years ago I was in a bible study with two Ugandans. We were studying the Parable of the Prodigal Son, and shared what stood out to us. Obvious to me was the younger son had blown his entire inheritance, to the Africans they were intently focused on "a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve". I suddenly realized I had never noticed that. I missed it partly because I've never comprehended a famine and largely because I've never experienced starvation. Because these Africans had, they were able to offer an essential side to the scriptures that I had missed. It's another example that Christ is often found and His word becomes more alive in Community. Others are able to draw out and see differently what we cannot. This is why Worship and discovery of God are best done together. I am not enough by myself to draw forth the whole truth.
Glorify God & Enjoy Him Forever!