For last Sunday’s responsive scripture reading, our congregation read Colossians 3:18-25 aloud in the worship service. As we read, it went something like this:
18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Perry pokes me in the ribs with his elbow and pretends to give me a significant look.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.
I jab Perry with my elbow, giving him the raised eyebrow.
20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
I whisper, “We don’t have enough elbows!” We both glare at the backs of our children’s heads in the row ahead of us.
21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
Offspring turn around and smirk at Perry.
22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.
Those kids…I don’t know where they get it…by