Plain and Simple

By Flo McDonald of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:30

My mother liked to read Bible stories to us when we were small. She also read and told other stories that had a message. She laid a foundation for us to be able to understand we could express the love of God in what we do.

Years later I heard someone ask, “Why do the teachings in the Bible have to be so complicated?” I remembered it differently, having been taught the messages of the Bible are plain and simple.

My grandson’s favorite Bible story was David and Goliath. He liked the idea that with God’s help, little David—with a sling, a stone, and a strong faith in God—could beat the fearful giant of injustice. There is no match for the powerful help God can provide.

Let’s take our discipleship seriously and teach our children simple, yet meaningful stories that enable them to understand God’s word. They will be better equipped and able to respond to life’s challenges. In this way their burden will be lightened.

Prayer for Peace:

Teacher God, we are thankful for your enlightening words. We are thankful for the direction you give. Open our minds so we may learn from our children who understand and are happy to learn of faith.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Honoring the Worth of All Persons

Read Psalm 139:13–18. Sit quietly and let the deep meaning of the words sink into your mind, heart, and body. What thoughts and feelings do you have about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a)?

Sense the intimate knowledge God has of you and every child ever born. Ask God for an awareness of the sacred worth of each person. Weep with God over the soul-wounding forces and events that rob people of dignity and worth. How are you being invited to notice, protect, heal, and affirm the spiritual identity of all God’s beloved people today? Pray for God’s compassion.

Peace Covenant:

I will follow your directions, God, to the path of peace and justice.

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