When my son was in kindergarten, I started a morning ritual of reading The Upper Room to him. Though we were often rushed in the mornings getting ready for school and work, it became meaningful for us to make time for Jesus and to spend time as a family.
When he was younger, I wondered if some of the topics such as death, illness, or even questioning of faith might have been too mature or complex for him. But I realized that in this world of troubled times, teaching my son about the Bible and equipping him with an armor of salvation is important.
Upon hearing that he has treated others fairly or defended a playmate whom someone else has treated unkindly, I have realized that the grace of the Lord is key to his life. As a parent I have witnessed a lot of my child’s joys and sorrows, but having a strong faith has been a source of encouragement for us as a family. As we weather the storms of life, I am assured that the Lord will be by our side, just as we read in Isaiah 66:13, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.”