A Child’s Ministry

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Thought for the Day:  Where is God leading us in ministry?

“Mama, Logan’s acolyting and they need a cross-bearer. Can I do it?” I could see excitement in his eyes as he asked and I immediately said yes. It touched my heart that he wanted to acolyte after such a long time of transition for our family but I didn’t realize how much it would touch me until I saw him. Our son, Nathaniel, had a ministry that he loved during our time at one church and when we left he missed it immensely. He was always available on his scheduled days to acolyte and was also available when someone scheduled was absent. He was one of the main acolytes, along with a sweet friend, when the Memphis Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church met at our church. This ministry was and is obviously still a part of this little boy. To be able to witness him as cross-bearer one more time was priceless. An acolyte’s ministry is to carry in the light from the world into the sanctuary and then to carry the light back into the world. The cross-bearer’s ministry is to center the thoughts of the people on Christ and to lead the people into the world at the end of the service. Now, these may not be the exact definitions, but they are what I see as I witness the acolytes and cross-bearers.

As I reflect now on my son’s want to minister in his special way one more time, I remember the serious way he always did this ministry. I remember several years ago asking him if something was wrong after he ministered as acolyte one morning because I noticed he did not look happy as he was doing it. His reply was, “Mama, this is an important job and I take it seriously.” Today, I will ponder in my heart and I will remember forever my son doing this ministry God ordained him to do. And, I also pray that he will find new and exciting ministries, as I know he will, in this wonderful God-led life of his.

Prayer:   God, thank you for leading us to the ministries you have planned for us. Help us realize that there are many ministry areas we can participate in and where you lead us is the ministry you would have us do. Thank you for letting us witness children doing the work of Your kingdom. Amen.


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