Sunday, July 20, 2008

Something to contemplate

Yesterday, dh and I attended a little Methodist church right up our country road. Dh was on call (EMT) and had to remain close in case of a call, so he said he'd like to go there. We've been before and know a lot of the people. After our dismay a few days ago, this was certainly a refreshing change.

This little Methodist church has a warm and erudite minister from Jamaica that I'd not heard speak since he took this church a year ago. But wow! A wonderful 45 minute sermon on laying foundations (from Proverbs 22) for our children. I could have listened to him for two hours. And upon leaving, he greeted us so warmly and genuinely acted like he appreciated our presence and our comments. (Remember that our minister literally reads his 5-9 minute sermon and barely nods to us at the door.)

Anyway, he caught my attention right off when he read this quote from Socrates about children that was so descriptive it could have been written today. I tried unsuccessfully to find it online. I found it:

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers." (Socrates)
(My dh looked at me and smiled as the minister quoted the last phrase. )

Later the minister shared this selection. Classical educators, take note of the boldfaced line. This is going up in my classroom this year. I hope you are edified by it as much as I am.

I was kind of dreading going to church yesterday, but things worked out great. Very providentially. I actually felt more like I'd been to church today for the first time in months.


Blessed is the child who has someone who believes in him, to whom he can carry his problems unafraid.

Blessed is the child who is allowed to pursue his curiosity into every worthwhile field of information.

Blessed is the child who has someone who understands that childhood's griefs are real and call for understanding and sympathy.

Blessed is the child who has about him those who realize his need of Christ as Saviour and will lead him patiently and prayerfully to the place of acceptance.

Blessed is the child whose love of the true, the beautiful and the good has been nourished through the years.

Blessed is the child whose imagination has been turned into channels of creative effort.

Blessed is the child whose efforts to achieve have found encouragement and kindly commendation.

Blessed is the child who has learned freedom from selfishness through responsibility and cooperation with others.


1 comment:

Dana said...

So sorry to hear about the church troubles.
Thank you for sharing the Children's Beatitudes. They were just what I needed to read!