It has been a great joy to me to come to know the young parents, children, and young adults of our parish family. Young adults and young families are a are a particularly vibrant and growing community here at Trinity. Once a month we gather after church for a Potluck meal and program. From time to time the conversation will focus on Scripture. All of us live with the constant question of how these ancient texts move and motivate in us in our modern lives. When it comes to applying ancient words to the complexities of modern parenting, well, sometimes the Scripture needs a little nudge, an explanation, an interpretation that is true to the original intent, yet is readily applicable to busy young lives. Below was one of our recent meditations. It is a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13 — the Hymn to Love familiar to so many of us. Perhaps you will find in it wisdom and guidance for your own busy days. And perhaps through it you can pray for and uphold the many children, parents, and young adults who come through Trinity’s doors seeking support and strength in this large and loving Trinity family.
Yours in Christ,
The Rev’d Joanne Epply-Schmidt
Though I speak with the language of educators and psychiatrists and have not love, I am as blaring brass or a crashing symbol.
And if I have the gift of planning my child’s future and understanding all the mysteries of the child’s mind and have ample knowledge of teenagers, and though I have all faith in my children, so that I could remove their mountains of doubts and fears and have not love, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed and nourish them properly, and though I give my body to backbreaking housework and have not love, it profits me not.
Love is patient with the naughty child and is kind. Love does not envy when a child wants to move to grandma’s house because “she is nice”.
Love is not anxious to impress a teenager with one’s superior knowledge.
Love has good manners in the home — does not act selfishly or with a martyr complex, is not easily provoked by normal childish actions.
Love does not remember the wrongs of yesterday and love is not evil — it gives the child the benefit of the doubt.
Love does not make light of sin in the child’s life (or in her own, either), but rejoices when he or she comes to a knowledge of the truth.
Love does not fail. Whether there be comfortable surroundings, they shall fail; whether there be Toal communication between parents and children, it will cease; whether there be good education, it shall vanish.
When we were children, we spoke and acted and understood as children, but now that we have become parents, we must act maturely.
Now abides faith, hope, and love — these three are needed in the home. Faith in Jesus Christ, eternal hope for the future of the child, and God’s love shed in our hearts, but the greatest of these is love.