This past Sunday was a special day in church, as Pastor Taylor shared. Kindergarteners were given a copy of the Beginner’s Bible. The Word of God, passed to parents, was placed into the hands of these young children. Pastor called to our minds and hearts the importance of sharing God’s Word with our children. They hear it. They remember it. God’s Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11). Pastor shared evidence of the importance of bringing our little ones to church. They DO hear the Word both spoken and sung. Pastor’s three-year-old daughter daughter reminded him of this when she recognized a song sung in church being played on the radio.
Just this week, my 16-year-old son and I were talking about his children’s Bible. He has a copy of the Beginners Bible. It was given to him by two special people as a baptism gift, people who would both impact his life as teachers here at Immanuel. I am sure that their encouragement with this gift, also given to our daughter on her baptism, was for us as parents to read God’s Word to our children, even when they were small. Pastor Taylor’s encouragement today was that as well. We are to spend time in God’s Word together with our children, when they are young and as they grow.
Back in their seats, I watched a kindergartner, her siblings, and their grandma, huddled together over the new Bible book. Right there! Right then! Joy and anticipation over the gift that God’s Word is to us! Grandma nurtured this, taking time to share in this joy.
My prayer is that as your kindergarteners bring home their new Bible, you will nurture their joy in this gift! Read with them. Encourage their questions. Give in and read one more true story from God’s Word. Jesus says, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them!” (Matthew 19:14). Learn together of our God and Savior and His great love for us.