Reformation Lutheran Church A Congregation of the ELCA

Thursday, March 5
Read Psalm 92: 9

The righteous flourish like the palm tree. … They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing that the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (vv 12-15)


Dulcinea and I view our children as a blessing from God. Each possesses a unique personality. Thatcher craves logic and order but displays remarkable compassion and empathy. Brynn is a bundle of raw energy that explodes in smiles, giggles, yells, tears, hugs, kisses and, sometimes, commands. Emerson, while little, exudes confidence and pure joy.

Thatcher and Brynn know the stories of the Bible and view Jesus as their Savior. (Presumably, so does Emerson, but since she cannot talk, she’s never told me.) Brynn in particular has the faith and zeal of an evangelical missionary. She believes without reservation that Jesus died for our sins so that we may have eternal life. She identifies with the problems experienced by individuals in the Bible and lets the emotions evoked by their stories wash over her. She is not discouraged by inconsistencies in the Bible or present-day social questions. To her, Jesus is the answer.

As a lifelong Christian, I know that Jesus told his disciples, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” And Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” But I confess that until I had children, I did not fathom what these words truly meant.

Now I know from personal observation — especially of Brynn — that the kingdom of heaven is open to those who believe with uncompromised purity that Jesus is not only our Savior but the solution to our problems. If this belief is the bedrock of our faith, then God welcomes us to eternal life with open arms. This sounds simple but, unfortunately, it is not. I am hopeful that I can pick up a few pointers from Brynn. Wish me luck, for she can be a wild one.

Dallas Rakestraw

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