I prayed this prayer early this morning before I left for church. I prayed what I felt the Spirit speak to my heart.
At church I listened to the wife of one of our leaders ask the children, "Do you know what tomorrow is?"
"Monday?" was my thought.
"Groundhog Day. So we have to see if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow so we know if we have more winter or not."
This is the teacher of the children at our church, and she is teaching the kids to believe a rodent has the power to predict the weather.
She then spoke with one of the adults and said, "I love Groundhog's Day. I think it is important for them to have something to hold onto."
We take our children to a church that professes Christ as Savior, Healer, Redeemer, and King, and we think we need to give them a groundhog to hold onto?
I can already hear some people saying, "Well, that's not what she really meant."
Then what did she mean? She told these kids to put their trust in the ability of a rodent to predict the weather because she thinks they need something to hold onto....while we are at a church where we are supposed to be teaching our kids to put their trust in no one but Christ.
And I'm wondering, do these "harmless" superstitions and habits lead our kids to believe in something besides Christ? And if we really, honestly believe Christ is the answer to how to live, what to do, and who to trust, why do we even look at horoscopes, fortune cookie predictions, or groundhogs?
Why would we ever offer anything else to hold onto except Him?