Yesterday, one of my sons mentioned that last week he had sat with his wife and five children so they all could discuss an important decision that the parents would make, but that would greatly affect all of them. They prayed together concerning the issue, and shortly thereafter a decision was made.
This part of the discussion I had with Andrew yesterday was a short one and we didn’t spend much time on it at all. I’ve thought extensively about it since then, however. Such spans are incredibly important, and even though the children may not consider it so, and may be bored, or perhaps even unable to comprehend what’s going on, the image of a father and a mother discussing and praying about things with their children implants itself into the minds of those children (and the adults, for that matter.) These are powerful life moments.
A designated time for studied family devotions is desirable. I suspect there may be many families, though, who have not established such a time, and who may even feel a little guilty that they have not, and because they have not set up the “big program,” fail to take the occasional moment to involve their families in this unique and blessed interlude. Today, I want to encourage you fathers and you mothers to not walk about in condemnation because of the big and heady things you don’t do, but to take advantage of the small opportunities that come your way. These are invaluable times and will be forever etched in the minds of your children.
No more effective college exists than two lying together on a summer hillside, arms beneath their heads as they gaze into the splendid sky, a blade of grass wriggling around in his mouth as Dad casually tells Son of the splendor and greatness of God. No greater Bible class than that of a mother sitting on the bed with her daughter, opening up a single scripture and tenderly guiding this fledgling woman into its pertinent truths. No more effective seminary, no more star-studded university than that of a dad casually saying to his brood, “Got a couple of things to discuss this evening, a few things to pray about.”
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