Dear Parents,

If someone asked you “Who is Jesus?” how would you answer their question? It seems like an easy answer at first. We can boldly declare, as Peter does in our Gospel lesson this week – He is the Christ, the Son of God, the promised Savior! We know this answer through our faith in Him.

The deeper question is who is Jesus to you and your family? Is He a true part of your life? Do you talk about Jesus together each day or is He someone we celebrate only on Sundays and holidays? Are you spending time as a family discovering how He is in your life through devotions and Bible reading? Are you spending time getting to know Him through prayer?

I’ll admit that it is sometimes easy to know and realize who Jesus is in my life. However, there are times that it is hard to recognize Him through all my daily routines or in times of trouble. We forget to recognize that He is in charge of our lives, that we should look to Him for guidance in all things, and that we can trust in Him to be with us through every life experience and difficulty.

My bigger question for all of us is this – Who are YOU? If someone would ask you who YOU are – how would you respond? We might respond by telling them our name, what we do for a living, who are parents or family members are, etc. These are all true and good things, but they are only a small portion of who you are. YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD! That is who you are first, and foremost, but when asked is this who we tell people we are? Probably not.

What if you asked someone who is Jesus  – how would they respond? Sadly today, there are many people who do not know who Jesus is or that they are His child. They may respond that he was a good teacher, or a religious leader, or even a prophet. Like Peter, we need to be His disciples in this world to boldly declare Jesus is our Lord and Savior. We want to live His command of loving God with our whole hear and loving others as ourselves.

Do people know we are Christian just by talking with us or watching us? Is the love of Christ flowing in, and through, us by our words and actions? Not always.

We can be the example of Christ’s love to others in the way we share God’s Word with them, in the way we tell them of God’s love for them, in the way we talk to one another, and by praying with them. We can show Christ’s love through our actions in the way we care for others, in the way we share our blessings with others, in the way we share our time with others, and by listening to others.

May we boldly declare Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the promised Savior by how we worship him, by what we say, by what we do, and by spending time with Him through His Word and in prayer.

We continue to pray for you daily and are always available to talk and support you in any way we are able. We are here to encourage, equip, and guide you as you are the “Light of Christ” for your children, family, friends, and neighbors. We provide some ideas/tips/resources to help you lead by faith with your family through the weekly email, on the private Children’s Ministry Facebook page, and on Trinity’s Facebook page and website. Please feel free to contact me any time if I can serve you or your family in any way.         

rhonda@tlcms.org
913-620-5788 cell         

Blessings,
Rhonda

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