Every time we reach for that thing we want, it’s a reminder – a reminder to stop or say no. A reminder to pray…to fight sin. For this reason we read Eph 6:10-18 this morning at breakfast.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
Friday is when we are reminding the kids to fight against sin and it’s bitter effects. The song that came to my mind all morning is Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Some of these old hymns have such rich theology that I couldn’t help but add it our day. Music sticks to children (and adults) like nothing else. I think I’ll look for more songs for the next weeks. For now it’s time to start preparing for Sunday. We are all looking forward to it.