God bless the children. With all of the challenges of the current world, what about the children?
With curiosity and few comprehensible answers, their little worlds have been turned topsy-turvy with no warning and shallow explanations. In their tender mindsets, they have experienced emotional highs and lows, including anxieties from impact on the family economy. And you know they feel it. Yet trying to adapt, they all need a good hug. God bless our innocent, precious children.
What about the children? Let’s train and keep them covered in prayer. We direct them into key aspects of wisdom. Mundane conversations can be turned into Biblical talks. The works of creation may be steered into discussions about God’s mighty acts. Use every opportunity to diligently teach them (Deuteronomy 6:7) and to stimulate a thirst for the knowledge of God. Train your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Put divine chats on the repeat button. Pray with and for them to keep them on God’s side — not that dark side.
It has been stated that you are not raising children but adults. Indeed, parental responsibility includes steering kids to independence and economic self-sufficiency. There is the clear task to nurture them in the Lord with discipline and instruction (Ephesians 6:4).
Earlier this year, students attended brick-and-mortar classes, including class structures with interaction and collaboration. Face-to-face designs with teachers and fellow classmates support academic, emotional and social learning.
And then came COVID-19. The world came to a screeching halt with our vulnerable sweethearts thrust somewhere in the midst, trying to childishly piece things together. Our dear ones had been used to receiving granny’s warm hugs. As the dust settles, many have missed the safe haven of school. Teachers are masters at creating engaging learning environments, despite the remote venue, but it’s still not the same. God bless the children.
Psalmist Yolanda Adams croons, “What about the children? As I sound aloud the warfare of today. Remember when we were children. And if not for those who loved us and who cared enough to show us, where would we be today? Sir, where is your son? And if he can’t come to you, then where can he run?”
Good old-fashioned advice: It has been stated that you cannot bend a tree. While children are young, let’s nip negative behaviors in the bud.
Final thought: What is the connection between lack of parental guidance and criminal minds? How have you exemplified behaviors as a God-fearing citizen?
Prayer: Lord, give parents the strength to appropriately shelter their children, as they model the shelter of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1). May all delight in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2) and be trained in Biblical truths to receive salvation. Lord Jesus, bless our adorable children and heal their stresses. Send caring humans into their lives, and give grown folks the discernment to see them and their needs. In Christ’s name and for His sake, Amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at email@example.com.