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Parabes of Parenthood – chapter 7

With the book’s release in 2014, I am going to offer a series of excerpts on this blog. I hope these selections wet your whistle; may you be like my son, Sam, who knows the word, “more”! Sam

About 4:30 in the morning, my wise wife had a brilliant idea: “Why don’t you

see if your mom would watch Sam for a few hours?”

To some, this suggestion would imply that she thoroughly

detested her mother-in-law! So you should know

that, just before bed, Mom told us to come and get her if she

could be of any help. So that’s exactly what I did, trudging

downstairs and wearily knocking on the door to the guest

bedroom. Apparently she wasn’t sleeping that well either,

for she immediately answered with her eyes full of concern.

“Mom,” I pleaded, “Can you watch Sam for awhile?”

The worry melted from her face.

“Oh honey! I’d love to.”


Thank God, Mom took this early morning shift! But

as much as it meant to our sanity, the experience was even

more meaningful to her. Later, she described how she was

fully awake and completely present to Sam’s every move, as

if she could see his personality outlined like a halo in the

faint light of the nursery. As the sun came up and he gradually

stirred, she told him how much he was loved. When I

came back and asked about the experience, Mom said that

those two to three hours flew by for her as if they were a

matter of moments. And I’ll never forget what she

said: “This was a holy time.”


This description perfectly illustrates the difference

between the two types of time we’ve described in the New

Testament. Chronos has to do with measurable time, the

minutes ticking into hours between four and six in the

morning. Kairos refers to Mom’s experience of time as immeasurable,

as sacred and precious moments that somehow

transcend the clock. I’ve carried her experience of holy time

with me.

Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf and Stock Publishers

You can purchase Parables of Parenthood at a special price here: https://wipfandstock.com/store/Parables_of_Parenthood_Interpreting_the_Gospels_with_Family

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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