Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Children Do Listen!

This past week my sermon dealt with the Canaanite woman seeking healing for her daughter and the exchange she had with Jesus. Jesus tells her that it is not right to give the children's food to the dogs, and the woman's faithful response is, "yes, but dogs do receive the scraps from the master's table." In relaying the message, I used the phrase, "It is not right to give the children's food to the dogs" multiple times.

What my not quite 2 year old daughter heard was, "The dogs do not get food." She was very distraught by this and sadly repeated--"The dogs don't get food!" She then began trying to remedy the situation by making sure our dog got food. She spent a significant portion of the day grabbing handfuls of dog food laying it on the floor in front of the dog and waiting until the food was gone, then grabbing another handful.

I think I am glad that the idea of not feeding the dog bothered her, and am a little proud that she took it upon herself to make sure the dog got fed.


Elizabeth said...

That's really cute ;) Hope things are going well for you!

Eric Helms said...

Things are going great. My family and I love it down here, and I am really enjoying my work.

Questing Parson said...

Well you've got me beat. You just proved someone in your congregation was listening to your sermon.

Eric Helms said...

Ha! Of course what are families for if not making us feel like someone is listening! Notice not I I say they actually listen, but it is nice when they try to make us feel that way.