Friends love all the time, and kinsfolk are born for times of trouble. – Proverbs 17:17
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." – Mark 10:13-14
“Row, Row, Row your Boat” is a familiar nursery rhyme, often sung in the round, that we learned as young children and have recently rediscovered in a new perspective. As new grandparents, helping with daycare of our one-year-old granddaughter, we have found a blessing, and also a challenge, to keep an active one-year old entertained. New video technologies make it possible to bring these age-old rhymes and songs to life. As we watched the images and listened to the pleasing melody keeping our granddaughter’s attention, we noticed that with each verse, the images of the man and woman gently rowing down the stream in the boat gradually aged. Childhood hair bows became hats with veils, smooth skin took on wrinkles and bright eyes were enhanced with glasses. Following busy careers, full-time childcare was not what we had planned in retirement but 2020 has presented families with many unexpected opportunities to share and enjoy time together. Scripture tells us,“Friends love all the time, and kinsfolk are born for times of trouble.” Proverbs 17:17.
Rediscovering this sweet tune about rowing a boat down a gentle stream can be about life’s journey. For us, it is a journey of faith and family, trusting God’s Word and showing unconditional love and support to our family. As we reflect over our life’s course constantly rowing that boat, whether we’re floating gently along or dipping our paddles in white water rapids, we are blessed to be part of St. Thomas UMC and involved in the lives of our own children and now our granddaughter. While in the Judean region in the area east of the Jordan River, Jesus was preaching to crowds. Once when some mothers were bringing their children to Jesus to bless them, the disciples shooed them away, telling them not to bother him. But when Jesus saw what was happening, he said ... ’Let the children come to me, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” Mark 10:13-14.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Jesus’ life and His words give us guidance in how to be strong in our faith and unconditionally loving and supportive to our families. We are thankful for the opportunities to share time together and be constantly reminded of our many blessings. Amen
About Barry and Debbie Barnard
We have been members of St. Thomas UMC for over 40 years. We are retired from careers in education and policing. We have two Children and one beautiful Granddaughter.