72 = the number of grandsons sons of Noah, they were to go and populate the world creating the diversity we see today; but how is that number relevant to us?
Today there is a new little person being introduced to the people on my Facebook timeline who follow his mom and dad. This little guy has come into the world with nothing. He is a newest labourer in the field. This little guy has no more knowledge of what is going to happen in his life than the disciples did when they started their journey.
It’s very scary for this mom and dad; even if through they are mom and dad of two others; each children presents new challenges and creates new dynamics in the house and between the relationship with his elder brother and sister, and for mom and dad with this new little one and themselves. There will be times when there is no peace in the house, but peace will return.
Having a new baby requires us to look anew at each person in our home. To look at them to see if there is peace in them or do we need to restore peace. We need to help each child see their gifts, help them with their labour, and “pay” them accordingly.
There will be times as children grown and our relationships change that we wish that we could get out, but like the 72, Jesus told them that could not go from house to house but had to stay where they were. And it is true, we must stay and work on what is troubling us, work of those things that will strengthen us and welcome life and all its challenges, dreams and promises.
As our children move out into the world going from our place to the next place on their journey we must help them learn when to shake the dust off their shoes and carry on.