February 1, 2010
The alarm went off. I rolled over, looked at the clock and thought, "did I even fall asleep?" It felt like I had just closed my eyes. I'm sure many of you have experienced a time shift like this: time moves on, regardless of our awareness to it.
Recently, I talked with Jennifer, an old friend of mine. She told me that her daughter is in pre-school now. Of course, when children go to school, they often come home with new questions for parents. Her question was "Who is Jesus?" The answer seems easy, right? Jennifer hadn't been to church in years and even the small amount of time that she had spent in church was more for socializing rather than learning the Gospel.
She cried to me on the phone. Jennifer felt like there was no way that she could learn enough now to be able to teach her daughter everything she needed to know; she was scared to try. I told her that God is calling her right now to learn - not only about Him and His teachings, but also to pay more attention in her life. Jennifer is getting this call at a wonderful time because her daughter is only four years old - thank God for that. My friend has the rest of her and her daughter's life to learn about God’s grace. Instead of looking at this situation as her fault for not paying attention in church as a child, I told her to look at it as an opportunity to live life in a different way: To live life with eyes wide open, rather than through a blurred lens. It is an ongoing struggle to do this; but the rewards are endless, if we try.
It is amazing the lessons that we can learn from children. So I say to all the mothers and fathers who read this: Your job isn't always to teach your children; sometimes just learn from them. As a First Communion Religious Education teacher, I feel truly blessed that I am surrounded by so many wonderful mothers and fathers to see as examples. Thank you for letting me learn from you and your children.
“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
– Pope John Paul II