From the Lips of a Child

Psalm 8
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast Thou ordained
strength . . .

Last week we had the joy of visiting our daughter and her family. Living in a small, rural community in the mid-west where the farms are large and the fields stretch for miles means having to travel long distances to visit the doctor, attend church and shop for . . . well, just about everything! On one of those trips to town last week, the chatter in the van had died down and we were all sitting quietly watching the passing fields of ripened grain. All of a sudden, two-year old Anna broke into song, as she often does:

Wide, wide as the ocean,
High as the heavens above,
Deep, deep as the deepest sea,
Is my Savior’s love. 

What a joy to hear such praise from the lips of a child! Her four-year-old sister joined in right away, and soon others did, too. No, these little ones probably don’t understand all of the words.  They will as they grow and mature, but how exciting that they are already learning through songs and stories of our wonderful Lord and His unfailing love. 

I’m deeply thankful for a daughter and son-in-law who are faithfully passing on to their children the truths that they were taught in their youth. They do it not only by giving instruction and teaching songs, but by actually living out their faith every day. The future of Christianity depends on young couples following the Biblical command to do so.

You may be thinking, I don’t have small children any more, so this admonition isn’t for me. If you are, you’re wrong! Every one of us is an example to the youngsters around us. We’re being watched! And it’s our responsibility to live in such a way as to point them to Christ. If we don’t have many children around us, we can pray for those we know. Let’s be faithful in passing on to the children the truth and love of our great God.

Heavenly Father, thank you that Your faithfulness reaches from one generation to the next and is just as effective for each new one as it was  for the one before.    

By Ann Shorb
©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2006

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