After some thought, I realized the most uninterrupted time I spend with my children is in the car. This Lenten season I invite you join us as we make our car a phone free zone and talk about our faith. My prayer for us is that this will be a time when our discussions of our faith understanding will bless everyone in the car.
Let The Journey Begin
Like most of you, I spend a lot of time in my car. I drive the
entire valley for pastoral visits and the many different aspects of my ministry in
the Vail Valley and Colorado BUT the most time, I spend in the car is taking
kids where they need to go. This got me thinking about how we can use this time
together better. My boys aren't old enough to have their own phones so they don't
have that distraction; however, when they are old enough to drive I don't want
them to be in the habit of using their phones in the car. This
mean I have to model this behavior better.
Photo by Christopher Lukanich
OUR CAR IS NOW A PHONE FREE ZONE!!!!
We talk about everything with our kids: school, sports, dance, music,
the weather, etc. but when it comes to God, we just clam up. I am just as
guilty as any parent and this is my business. I am unsure of what to ask or how to handle the
off the wall answers I get from the back seat. And even more daunting are the
questions I get, because the questions are often questions most adults are afraid to
ask out loud. These questions go right to the heart of our own doubts and faith
I know, I am not the only one who struggles with talking about
faith with my kids. Lent seems like a perfect time to be uncomfortable for a
few minutes while I talk to my boys about our faith. My prayer is that these
discussions will give us a deeper understanding of our relationships with each
other and God.
I plan to use this travel time to talk to the boys about our faith
and their understanding of God. I want to know what they are thinking and what
they understand. I would like to invite your family to join us. Our children
know about God because we bring them to church and Sunday school but their
primary understanding of how God is present in their lives comes from parents.
When they see us talking to and about God they come to know God as a constant and
active presence in their lives.
Every day during Lent, I will post a discussion topic for the
commute. I know that loads of questions and funny comments will come from these
discussions. I invite you to share them with us, if you would like. I will try
to answer the questions as quickly as I can. I hope this leads our community to
a deeper understanding of our own faith journeys by examining it through the
eyes of our children.
“Why do we have to go to church to eat pancakes?”
“Why can’t we have pancakes every time we go to church?”
“What’s so special about Tuesdays and pancakes?”
Why? Why? Why?
These are the types of questions, I fielded at the breakfast table this morning.
Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras is a long-standing
tradition. A party or celebration on the
day before Lent begins dates back to the Middle Ages. The word Shrove comes from
the word "shrive" meaning absolve. Pancakes were made because it was the
last day fatty foods could be eaten before the Lenten fast began, so households made pancakes from the eggs,
butter and fat that needed to be used before Lent began. It’s a perfect excuse to have a party and eat
all those yummy treats together.
Tuesday became the Middle Age equivalent of leftover day to clean out the
fridge. You see Spring cleaning dates back hundreds of years. Lent provides us with the perfect opportunity for us to examine the “fatty” things in our lives that pul…