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When Going to Church is Overwhelming…

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when going to churchRecently I came across this post and felt it resonate within every hormonal fiber of my being. =) If you’ve got children and the thought of the approaching Sunday church service fills your heart with dread, you’re not alone. It is exhausting getting through a church service while corralling several kiddos. But this mom/pastor’s wife/encourager speaks right to us and reminds us that it is good for us to bring our noisy, wild brood. Even with the tears (ours and theirs), the tantrums (ours and theirs),  and the weariness. Because those challenging moments are also holy moments. Holy moments of training and teaching – us, them, and others.

Dear Parents with Young Children in Church

You are doing something really, really important. I know it’s not easy. I see you with your arms overflowing, and I know you came to church already tired. Parenting is tiring. Really tiring.

I watch you bounce and sway trying to keep the baby quiet, juggling the infant carseat and the diaper bag as you find a seat. I see you wince as your child cries. I see you anxiously pull things out of your bag of tricks to try to quiet them.

And I see you with your toddler and your preschooler. I watch you cringe when your little girl asks an innocent question in a voice that might not be an inside voice let alone a church whisper. I hear the exasperation in your voice as you beg your child to just sit, to be quiet as you feel everyone’s eyes on you. Not everyone is looking, but I know it feels that way.

I know you’re wondering, is this worth it? Why do I bother? I know you often leave church more exhausted than fulfilled. But what you are doing is so important.

When you are here, the church is filled with a joyful noise. When you are here, the Body of Christ is more fully present. When you are here, we are reminded that this worship thing we do isn’t about Bible Study or personal, quiet contemplation but coming together to worship as a community where all are welcome, where we share in the Word and Sacrament together.When you are here, I have hope that these pews won’t be empty in ten years when your kids are old enough to sit quietly and behave in worship. I know that they are learning how and why we worship now, before it’s too late. They are learning that worship is important.

[read the whole article here]

I am so grateful that our church isn’t afraid of noise or distractions or children (oh wait, was that redundant?). As challenging as it is to worship while attempting to hold one and corral another with my foot, I am grateful that my babies are learning to worship alongside of me. And as exhausted as I am after church is over, I am grateful for the knowledge that I have (at the very least) been obedient to Christ [Hebrews 10:24-25].

So, moms be encouraged! And let’s make a joyful noise with our children this Sunday! =)

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Comments

  1. I love this letter. So wise and so beautifully articulated.

    • Jennifer Fountain says:

      Thanks for sharing the article. :) And for all your challenges that helped me to see what I now see. :) <3

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