My husband and I love to snuggle up to our kiddos at bedtime and whisper truth into their ears as we kiss them goodnight. One of our favorite things to remind them of is that nothing can separate them from God’s love. When we first started repeating these words to to our children my daughter Story had a fear of animals, and even now she always responds with, “not even animals!” As our family has been through a lot of transition these past few months these words have been great truth to repeat. Anna, my oldest daughter, started kindergarten and has experienced so much change. Nothing can separate her from God’s love, not even Kindergarten! Filling children’s hearts with the truth of God’s word carries them through each sadness or fear and reminds them that God is the true source of their joy.
The children’s ministry at Trinity Park has made some changes in the past few months and it’s so exciting to see and feel the excitement when you walk into the gym during the eleven o’clock hour! One thing that we have added is a time of worship before Pastor Drew gives a lesson. We’ve provided space for kids to learn the truth of Scripture through song and movement. It was a joy to stand up front this week and watch the children sing and move with huge smiles on their faces. The song that we’ve been singing the last few weeks says:
“We are more, more, more than conquerors, through him who loves us.” “What can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus?” “Nothing, Nothing, Yeah!”
Our children at TPC are not the only ones that need to hear these truths. As I reflect on my day I am brought to repentance about how many times I doubt the love of Jesus for me. I continually find myself believing that all of my weaknesses and sins will separate me from God’s love: my impatience with my children, my fear and anxiety, my lack of trust in God about my desires and dreams, my selfishness, and my desire for control. Without Christ I am powerless to conquer these sins and weaknesses, but through his death and resurrection I am no longer controlled by my brokenness, but I have freedom. Freedom to stand in the truth that absolutely NOTHING can separate me from Christ’s love. Freedom to fail, to run to Christ in repentance and rest in his grace. There are so many days that I don’t feel like a conqueror, but I will repeat these truths to myself, sing them loudly on Sunday morning with the kids, and repeat them each night to my children.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
-song reference from Seeds Family Worship, “More Than Conquerors”
Lindsey Wilkins came to Trinity Park in 2018 from Ohio. She lives with her family in Cary.