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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Runaway Prayer Train

So last night was frustrating, and I kept trying to think of what to say to someone who told me that my children were "distracting to the old timers."  In my fuming, I thought about the translation, "Suffer the little children to come to Me" (and telling the person: "Suffer") and what that word was in Greek.

So my husband says that the word in Matthew 19:14 was the same as used in the Lord's prayer.  When I brought up the bilingual Lord's prayer, Teddy comes up and says, "That's mostly the Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name..." I whispered to my husband, "Mostly!"

Teddy nodded and continued, "It's mostly like: Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of truth..." and didn't stop until he'd paced us through the entire trisagion prayers.

I think this is the best come-back I can offer, and I'm glad I keep my children in church, even if other people have to look at them and hear them. (Gasp.)  Just wish I could keep my mouth shut and my mind focused on the service.

(For the record, my children were actually pretty well-behaved through the entire service, and I didn't say that to the person.)


Christine said...

I have heard this many times as well. I guess over the last few years, I let it bother me less and less. Once, when Demetri was being "less than good", I leaned over to a friend of mine who was sitting in our pew and said "I guess you can just consider him a part of your "askesis" - we could all learn to focus on God even amongst distractions" !

Christine said...

and I just love your son's responses ! He is just too precious. It is HIS church, as much as it is anyones ! :)