- Teaching the Gospel to Children: Foster Intimacy, part 2
This is the fourth post in a series meant to be preceded by an introductory letter. Please read that here.
Foster Intimacy, part 2
“Shame and death are the two great enemies of the Gospel.” ~Jay Thomas
“Much dysfunction is a function of denying brokenness.” ~Ann Voskamp
“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you. He rises up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” ~ Isaiah 30: 18
As you can see, this post is a “part two.” When I first conceived of writing about intimacy, I thought its value could be summarized in a single post– and then, clearly, realized I was wrong.
What’s more, writing about it for this series has convinced me that an atmosphere of healthy intimacy in the home might be the single greatest gift parents can give their children and the very best means through which we teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the previous post, I described many of its gifts to a growing child and their family, and I claimed that intimacy is invaluable for parenting teenagers. I also described some ways in which Jesus’ teaching enables intimacy when lived out in the home, and that this is key for current and future joy.
But as I said, there’s more to say. So here we go. (more…)