Walk By Faith 
Wednesday, May 16, 2007, 10:55 AM - Extra Christy
The front pew in church must be a hard place to get to. Every Sunday thousands of church goers just can't make it! But, we are adaptable, us worship leaders, we ask the children (who don't know any better) to come up front for the children's message! So, for a few moments, we have some company.

One tyke would try every Sunday to make it to the front steps. But grandpa was too big of an attaction; he would veer off into grandpa's pew and climb on his lap to listen to the message, long distance. After a few months, and much prodding from relatives and caretakers, Jayden visited the front steps with his grandpa. For several weeks after that, he would come up for a few minutes, then go back to grandpa. But lately, he's been sticking with the group through the message, prayer and song, well, most of the time.

Until one Sunday. I was talking about how a shepherd leads and protects the sheep. (Only one child admitted to knowing what a "shepherd" was.) We talked about the job but I wanted to demonstrate how useful a shepherd is, so I brought a blindfold. Being foolish and trusting, I put on the blindfold and asked for a child to "shepherd" me around the sanctuary. There were several good candidates, some who needed double digits to mark their age. But, alas, I had no takers. The children would not leave the safety of the flock to be a shepherd, despite my pleadings and the choir's urging. Then I heard a cheer. Jayden, the three year old, came up and took my hand. Without a word, he led me safely around the sanctuary and back to the steps, (pausing to give his grandpa a thumbs up I'm told) I shouldn't have been surprised, after all, wandering around during the children's message was what he had been training for all these months. He was happy to show pastor how to do it.

I hope the kids learned something about what a shepherd was that day. I know I learned that you can be shepherded by the most unlikely person, even one that you thought wandered off the path more than you ever did, if you put your hand out, ask, and wait.

Walking By Faith

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. - 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 (NIV)

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