Easter Morning with 20-something Sons

Posted by Liz Perraud at

Our three sons were “drugged” to church…you know, dragged there sometimes and made to go. As 20 somethings now we don’t see them there very often for a variety of reasons (some good, some not so good) but they were all with us for Easter Sunday worship.

The youngest mentioned that the church had new hymnals. What? He noticed that they were purple and no longer blue? And then he sat innocently between us as his brothers (who sat in the pew behind us with our daughter-in-law and impending daughter-in-law) did everything but tack a “kick me” sign to his back. I had to admire the dexterity of one to fold up a bulletin insert and slide it into the loop of his brother’s shirt and the adroitness of the other to balance a small golf pencil on the swoop at the bottom. I must be losing my touch since it took me so long to notice. But my husband was oblivious to the whole thing, including my reaching over and sliding the masterpiece out and giving a slight raised eyebrow and a “tsk tsk” with my finger to the pew behind us. I’m sure those in the pews behind them noticed.

But they were there. And I hope it seemed normal and comfortable to them (even with the change of hymnals). I strained to hear their man voices reciting The Lord’s Prayer and welled up when I saw them talking with old friends who were “old” friends, not just peers their own age.  And I was deeply happy that they were there to experience the Easter music and especially to hear the sermon and the emotional “catch” in our pastor’s voice at the very end.

Keep trying parents. I know it’s hard and sometimes seems downright impossible to get your kids to church and engage them in worship. Looking back, I’m not sure which years were more difficult—toddlers or teens. I’ve had those heated discussions and I’ve experienced those awful Sunday mornings (with toddlers and teens). I also know the benefit of worshiping feels a little “lost” to you for several years as you parent in the pews. Ha! Several years? I’m thankful for being part of a “LOGOS church” where our boys could make friends with young and old, share weekly meals in a boisterous atmosphere, get to know their pastors, and be welcomed into worship (including worship leadership). I’m also glad that we stuck with it and had the support and understanding of a community of faith-filled people. 

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  • Hi Liz;
    Well my children are much older now, and yet I find the stories a reminder of the past. I was also blessed this Easter to have all of my children, their spouses, and all my grandchildren, at church. It seems that those past battles, now are fulfilled with each knowing that it was important to be with us on Easter, and more than that the conversation was we want to join, feeling it was important to be at church. A real different approach from the younger days, and what a blessing.
    Thanks for the words of reminder.
    Blessings Jim

    Pastor James Matt on
  • I’m sure your womderful Easter message struck a cord with parents everywhere. It matters ultimately and eternally that kids are in church amonst a caring church family. We do the best we can and God does the rest. Thanks for LOGOS opportunities everywhere that matter for Christ’s sake. Easter is a perfect reminder of that.

    Cathy on
  • i noticed that all three were there plus your daughter-in-law and your future DIL and thought how sweet that was for you. As a parent if two early 20’s boys and one preteen boy I completely understand. I knew of Logos when my oldest 2 were growing up and even looked into it at one time for them but frankly thought it seemed like too much of a commitment for us at the time, I completely regret that decision now. So when the baby boy came along 10 years later I made sure I didn’t make that mistake for the third time and I’ve never regretted it!

    Lisa on

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