Contested moments

Thoughts on a couple of moments from this morning.

As we left the house, Jemma, knowing I have an important meeting today, gathered the kids to pray for Dad. Little hands stretched out to touch me as Jemma led a simple prayer of blessing.

Later, I have 20 minutes to kill and I need a Monday morning coffee, Nero is my current favourite. After I paid, my loyalty card was full of stamps, earning me a free coffee next time. It’s been my practice to always give away the free coffee card to the next person in queue. I’ve done this for a couple of years now and it’s just a simple way of offering generosity to somebody random.

Both of these events seem unconnected, but for each one there was a strong temptation not to do them. We were late leaving the house and I was anxious to get going, we don’t have time to pray. Then when I get my free card, can I be bothered today to talk to the person next to me and pass it on?

Moments in life are contested, raising healthy, God connected kids will always be contested. There is no clear strategy, just grab the opportunities and natural moments that arise, whether the children are with you or not. Children quickly pick up on authenticity, what’s real and what’s for show.

The coffee is good, I was blessed by my children and the recipient of the free coffee said that’s just what she needed today as she has frozen locks at work and can’t get in.

I wonder if she poured the coffee on the lock?

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