by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, 9/25/14

“God, our Father, Christ, our brother, all who live in love are thine.”
Our son, Logan, has a lot to say these days. We are learning his likes: apples and goldfish. We are also learning his dislikes: haircuts, during which he simply says, “noooo!” Engaging this ever-loquacious two-year old means listening closely to try to figure out exactly what he is saying. “Liking my fiend,” heard repeatedly, is actually “Lightning McQueen,” the hero of the Cars movies. It also means asking him a lot of questions to plumb the depths of his growing vocabulary. “Logan, what is that?” “Where are we?” We are constantly narrating our life together; we name where we have been, where we are, and what we are doing.
There is one place he always likes to go. Yes, it is a place where everybody knows his name. It is a place where everybody knows your name, as well. It is Highland Hills. Logan loves to go to church. He gets excited when we drive towards Shirley Hills. One day I was at my desk in the office and looked out the window and saw Erin and Logan walking into church. Erin did as she had done many times before, she asked, “Logan, where are we?” Logan, seeing me in the window, pointed and said, “Daddy’s house!" For weeks, he would ask to go to Daddy’s house. I loved the way he got that wrong and right at the same time. Highland Hills is and forever will be our Father’s house.
All are welcome in our Father’s house. Logan is learning about church from you as much as from us. He doesn’t call it Daddy’s house anymore. Now he calls it “my church.” When we ask him what he does there, he says that he learns about “da book o’ Jesus.” It is my prayer and our mission to create a church for all generations. We must continue to make room in our Father’s house for everyone to grow in faith. Whether it’s the preschoolers learning their first words of faith, youth and college students stepping forward in maturing faith, or senior adults having experiences of fellowship and learning, every generation matters in our Father’s house. We will be asking questions, too. As we narrate our life together, we must be mindful of where we are, where we have been, and what we are doing: becoming faithful disciples.