Last night we were at Mi Cocina for dinner and I was asking everyone how their day had been. Madeleine said that she wanted to tell us a story. Lee and I listened (Everett too) as Madeleine recounted the story of Jesus and the feeding of the 5,000 found in Matthew 14:13-21. She got it right, too! She said that there were 5 loaves and 2 fishes and that there were 12 baskets of leftovers. It was so wonderful to see the joy on her face as she shared the story with us and then so fun for us to act surprised at what an amazing story it was. Mr. Barry, her Sunday School teacher at Oak Lawn UMC, had shared the story with the kids that morning and the children had been charged with sharing the story with their parents.
I am an advocate that children are never to young to go to Sunday School and church. If you wait until your children are old enough, they will not want to go! If you make it a part of their lives from an early age, then church becomes what you do on Sundays, not what you do on Christmas and Easter. And as a friend told me not too long ago, church is a great provider of free babysitting!