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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

In many churches, the kids' education time and worship time coincide, making it almost impossible for families to worship together. I was a single mom when my kids were little so I get it. I had a hard time getting anything out of the sermon while trying to keep my kids quiet and still. When they went off to class, I could relax and concentrate. Sometimes we feel like the church should give parents a break.

But the idea of separating kids from families and the rest of the faith community in worship isn't biblical. If we never take our kids to a restaurant, they won't know the manners and delights of eating out; the same is true for worship. This psalm tells us that "one generation shall laud your works to another." Let's praise God with our children by our side! The impact will resonate for generations.

Dear Lord, thank you for families. May each generation contribute its chapter of praise so that together we make up an extraordinary history and story of lauding your name. Amen.

Laurie Neill
Family Life Pastor, First Lutheran Church, Fargo, N.D.
Master of Divinity , 2012

Psalm 145:1-8 (NRSV)

1 I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
2 Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.
4 One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
5 On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
6 The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.
7 They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

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