Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Some of the Perils of PKs
16 July Saturday proper 10
1 Samuel 22:1-23
Saul learns that certain priests helped David escape from him. He has the priests killed, and also their children...oxen...donkeys...sheep, he put to the sword.
The nest emptying means for my children that they will go somewhere that their identity is completely apart from mine.
I don't think being preacher's kids has been as hard on them as it is on some! Certainly, they did not suffer the fate of the priest’s children in today's reading.
But it is something to think about. Flip the traditional image of the empty nest around. Along with the excitement of going away to school comes establishing a new identity for themselves. They don't get the ready-made identity of the rector's children anymore. I think there are aspects of that they will actually miss.
Gracious God, it is easy to become preoccupied with how change affects our own lives, forgetting that when things change for us, they also change for others.
Give us your guidance as we grow in different directions in the days soon to come. Amen.