And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.”
Thought for the Day: Taking children to church is important in learning about the Love of God.
Sweet surprises happen occasionally that touch the heart and when those surprises are about your child, your heart is touched in a special way. As I began preparing to put my six-year old son to bed last evening, and as he was reading books to me, a message came in on my Facebook page. It was from his teacher who wrote, “Look at this sweet message that Jonathan wrote on the playground today! Made my heart happy!” As I looked at the picture, I was touched so deeply and I immediately went to show it to my husband. That moment, that special moment, when you realized that your child “gets it”. Your child “gets” that God is first and that God is love. Your child “gets” that we are to love God with all our hearts. When we sit at the dinner table, this precious six-year old immediately begins saying the blessing. It is just in him, God is just in him and it comes across to his teacher and to others who share time with him.
As I ponder the moment my eyes saw the image of what my child drew with a stick on the playground, I think about where his thoughts came from. Sunday mornings are difficult on me, as a mother, trying to get my children ready for church. This child, precious one, begins saying, “I don’t want to go”, or “No, mama, can I stay with you” when I begin taking him to Sunday School. He eventually goes in and has a great time learning about God. Wednesday evenings come and I remind him that we have Children’s Choir and Wednesday children’s programming. This child, precious one, begins again saying, “No, I don’t want to go.” And again, he goes in and loves it. He also sits in the room when the adult Chancel Choir rehearses each week. So, where does His love for God come from. It comes from learning from us, his parents, to know that God is love and that our blessings are from God. It comes from sharing prayers around the dinner table and by ending the evening with bedtime prayers. It comes from watching parents read the Bible and talking about God. It comes from going into Church each week during weekly activities and having leaders who teach him about the Love of God. Even when he doesn’t want to go, as we adults feel sometime, when he gets there he is touched deeply by being there with God. “I Luv God”, written on the playground, says it all.
Prayer: Father God, you are awesome and You are Love! Thank you for helping our children understand that Your love is with them, even when we don’t feel they have understood. You are amazing, and You are Love. Thank you for entering the hearts of our children and for entering our hearts each day. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Parents and Children