By Rodney Tilley, Pastor Van Horn Community Church —
If you are like me, you get a bid kick out of listening to “Car Talk”
with Tom and Ray every weekend on National Public Radio. They laugh and
joke and every now and then they will actually answer a question about a
car and its problem. It is all in fun.
My sons knew that I like the program, so they bought me a “Car
Talk” daily calendar. I was reading the insert a few days back and Tom
was commenting how his parents took him everywhere. They took him to the
Grand Canyon, to the West Side of Manhattan, and even to the Bronx, but
the only problem was that they never brought him back. The implications
were good for a laugh.
But the problem is that we are experiencing actual case studies
and are finding parents doing just that. They give their children to
their grandparents and to Uncle Joe. They give them to the “Ranch” or
“Happy Hollow,” which is just a fancy name for an orphanage. They beg
them off earlier and earlier to school and ask the school to give them
breakfast, lunch, and supper.
The children put on smiling faces while holding the anger and
disappointment inside. They cry but shed no tears and they laugh at
things most would find inappropriate. They know they are left and
struggle to make sense of it all. They feel forsaken and lost.
But I am glad that there is a place where they can go and never get
left. They can go to Jesus who says, “I will never leave you nor
forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5b. You can go and he will let you in; into his
presence, into heaven, and into his love.
Our grandchildren deserve better than a quick trip to Six Flags
where we drop them off to the entertainment of strangers and another
round of Chucky Cheese. They want the security of a home led by God and
home bound by parents who care and understand, and who like Jesus will
Yes, it is funny on “Car Talk” as the two brothers, Tom and Ray,
rib each other over their short-comings and failures, but Tom, you too
can come home, and so can Ray. And what is really exciting so can you
and I. We are all welcome in the home of our Lord, your Father and mine.
The welcome mat is at the front door and the door is unlocked, so come
on in and make yourself at home. It is just that.