by Roger Thomas

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Growing Kids God's Way (6 of 8)
Series: Family Classics
Roger Thomas
Luke 2:21, 39-42, 51-52

Introduction: The most powerful job in the world is not the president of the United States, the Secretary General of the United Nations, or even Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. The most powerful job in the world is that of a parent, any parent.

Rose Kennedy, mother of President John Kennedy and matriarch of one of the world's most influential families once said, "Whenever I held my newborn babe in my arms, I used to think what I did and what I said to him would have an influence, not only on him, but on everyone he meets, not for a day, or a year, but for all time and for eternity. What a challenge, what a joy!" (Cele-brating Mothers: A Book of Appreciation. Edited by Glorya Hale and Carol Kelly-Gangi. MetroBooks, 2002.)

Another writer observed the same truth from the opposite direction. "When God wants a great work done in the world or a great wrong righted, he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn't stir up his earthquakes or send for this thunderbolts. Instead, he has a helpless baby born, perhaps in a simple home and of obscure [parents]. And then God puts the idea into [a mother or father's heart and they] put it into the baby's mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not the earthquakes and the thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are [young children]." (E. T. Sullivan, quoted in The Marriage Affair, ed. By Eugene Peterson, p. 131.)

Parents have an awesome task. I am confident that every parent here felt the weight of that responsibility the first time they held their child. Everyone mother and father--and grandmother and grandfather--knows what I am talking about. If we feel overwhelmed by our task, imagine how Joseph and Mary must have felt when given the responsibility of raising the Christ-child. They knew what was happening. They had both heard the angels' messages. They believed God ...

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