Friday, February 17, 2012

how to make Jesus part of your day

I only have to yell, “Dinner!”, and my husband takes over from there.
Sitting around the table after a long day of school and work, he looks first to my son and says, Tell me what happened in first period. We all laugh, because we know where this is going. It’s the same every day. We talk about first period - the funny, boring, embarrassing, frustrating, or discouraging moments of first period. We laugh a lot. My husband gives little bits of encouragement or sympathy or sometimes instruction on how to handle a situation better. Now tell me what happened in second period. Now third. Now fourth. On and on it goes through the seemingly trivial details of the day.

Then he turns to my daughter. Tell me about first period.

And our mealtime becomes an intimate, nothing’s-too-small, get-into-your-life event.

Jesus says, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me."

It’s not about the food.

For him it's a constant act of loving deeply and caring about the minutiae of his children’s lives.

For us it’s knowing our Father is concerned about every detail, so we add to our lives the discipline of prayer that says, “Hello, come in” during first period. “Hello, come in” during second period. “Hello, come in” during third period.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this sweet reminder. I'm going to make an effort to invite Him into each "period" of my day today!