During the next two months, the calendar will remind us of some specific family days that we celebrate Mothers Day and Fathers Day. With that in mind, I would like to share with you some verses from a hymn by Henry Ware Jr., and a devotion from the “One Year Book of Hymns.”
“Happy the home when God is there, and love fills every breast;
“When one their wish, and one their prayer, and one their heavenly rest.
“Happy the home where Jesus’ name is sweet to every ear;
“Where children early lisp His fame, and parents hold Him dear.
“Happy the home where prayer is heard, and praise is wont to rise;
Where parents love the sacred Word and all its wisdom prize.”
“During a television broadcast, two ministers disagreed over the influence of the media on children. But then, the host skeptically asked, ‘Can a 3-year-old really know anything about Jesus?’
“Suddenly, the ministers were in complete agreement. ‘Yes!’ said both; and one added, ‘My children learned early on that Jesus loved them.’”
Christians may have serious debates over how we should relate to the world around us. But let us all agree on this: The home should be a place bathed in the love of Christ. Let us teach our children early that Jesus loves them. Let them “lisp His fame” from an early age.
As this hymn indicates, this is done not through indoctrination, but by example. When parents exhibit a genuine love for the Lord, children will see and learn. They will still have to make their own choices, but at least they will have lived in a home where God was an important part of the family. That memory will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
As we are reminded to celebrate the family during the months of May and June, I invite you to take time to celebrate with happiness a home where God is there.
May God remind you of His love and grace and shower you with His bountiful blessings!