Of Child and Tree

A most crucial scripture is found in Proverbs 22:6:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

The face of tree is set by its planting; slender sapling, flexible and learning, its limbs told by early wind and fix of stake and rope.

The face of child is set in romper; malleable and bending, his soul cast by whispered truth and fix of passionate direction.

(video removed because of technical difficulties)
Hat tip to Jacques-Scribbles.
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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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3 Responses to Of Child and Tree

  1. Catherine says:

    My oldest grandson’s first word “Lah” with raised little hands – before he was one. Mommy was in the hospital for three months, he spent nearly 20 hours a day with me. We had devotions every day…
    Catherine, what a precious treasure you have given your grandson.

  2. Aisha Buxton says:

    In reading various commentaries regarding Prov 22:6, its really interesting to note that the portion, “in the way” (he should go), literally speaks of the opening of the mouth.

    You are actually training the child’s pallet.

    We are giving him/her “tastes” of things…God, His principles, His presence, servant hood, life, family relationships… on and on

    This has really helped me; especially when training up children who see (taste) a lot more than others who are not “PK’s”(preacher’s kid). It’s sad, but many times you see PK’s who are bitter, and want nothing to do with ministry. Did they get “a bad taste in their mouth”? Were the things of God not presented well?

    It should be that their pallet will be acute to the good things of God, that when it’s time to walk alone without mom and dad by their side certain things just won’t “taste” right. They will know.

    Too, when the prodigal son came to himself; realized what a tragic decision he’d made… wasn’t it at the time he was “eating” pig slough along with the pigs?

    This is so interesting to me. What do you think about this. I would love your thoughts.

    The video clip is too cute.

    Aisha, while I have never studied these scriptures thoroughly myself, I have heard this mentioned. It is beautiful, and so true. While I have always considered the training of our children very important, in recent years, again has its absolute necessity been impressed on me.

    Ungodly people teach their children the ways of the world…sometimes even snickering and laughing at its ridiculous results. I’ve heard more than one report of babies given beer in their bottles or sips of stronger alcoholic drinks. The fuzzy thinking and staggering of their toddlers is amusing to some parents.

    That’s extreme, though, and most parents don’t do that sort of thing. But even “good” families who neglect to teach their children the ways of God, are by neglect–and by other examples–teaching them the ways of the world.

    It is so blessed to see a baby who has “tasted” of God since his birth, whose early months see him lifting his hands as he sees others do around him. It gives me joy to observe babies such as Kanon dancing in the aisles and clapping their baby hands. Wise parents and friends and grandparents have given them sips of “new wine” and a taste of heavenly manna.

    Thank you for this insight. Thank you too for being such a godly, sincere mother to my three beautiful grandsons. I thank God for you.

    …and love you all.

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