ORANGE TIP: Hope…
As part of my studies this semester I’ve been studying the prophets of the Old Testament.
These guys were around during the time that the kingdoms of Israel and Judah were falling apart, being defeated by various empires, being taken captive, and generally having a bad day!
As the kings and various other leaders scrambled to make deals and alliances, desperate for solutions to the crises they were facing, the prophets sought to bring attention to the real underlying issues. They were usually ignored or even persecuted in their own day and so their message was one that could largely be characterised as ‘doom and gloom’. They had bad news and weren’t afraid to tell it.
But….as my lecturer points out regularly – there was always a message of hope.
They would not be wiped out entirely.
Some would remain.
The Messiah would come.
God would restore.
As parents we can be like prophets for our kids. To an extent we do see, with extra clarity, what is happening in their lives. We do understand, to a degree, what the underlying issues are. We can even, kind of, see the future – we’ve been there, done that, got the tee-shirt (and scars).
It is important though for us to keep the message of hope clear for them.
God loves you.
As parents we know what it means to love our kids – we know what that looks like – even though we also know we mess it up all too often.
When we know God loves our kids (way more perfectly than we ever could) what more could we – or they hope for?
What is ‘Orange’? Orange is a visual reminder that to help our kids follow Jesus the church and families need to work together.
If RED represents the love and heart of families for their kids…
And YELLOW represents the light that the church should be in the world…
Then ORANGE is when we come together, work together and guide our children together.
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