One Advent, completely by accident, Christmas carols became part of the bedtime routine. And we were glad.
We do not keep elves on any of our shelves to send behavior reports to the North Pole. Christ came for us while we were yet on the naughty list.
The key to expanding our traditions and journeying joyfully into the church year is three fold – flexibility, simplicity and repeatability.
When we make family formation a fraught exercise, we work against our own desires.
I must have forgotten to share my peace and joy-filled plan with the kids.
The best kinds of gifts are those that foster faith.
“Do you really believe Jesus is the Son of God?” the teen asked. “I do,” I said, “and I don’t need anyone else to agree with me.”
Meet the Saints has served as a springboard for my son and me to talk about God, our faith and our relationships with other people in new ways.
We want to give our children the world! So often what we end up giving them is continued complicity in the world’s model of desire and scarcity. Our faith teaches something better.
We give our children an invaluable and timeless gift when we practice prayer with them.