Beanery Online Literary Magazine

January 9, 2011

Train Up a Child

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

TRAIN UP A CHILD

Fran

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Reflection: It is 1980…

     “Dad, it’s Sunday. I need some sleep.”

     The voice of a young boy rang out loudly through the house in response to his father’s call to awaken, knowing what his father’s answer would be—it was always the same: get up, get dressed, and go to church.

     It is 2007…

     “Dad, it’s Sunday. I’m tired, let me sleep.”

     The man standing at the staircase bottom heard these words as he called to awaken his son. The memory of those same words he told his father in 1980 made him smile.

     The boy of 1980 had become a good father, faithful to his God and church, never failing to seek help through faith. Two hours after awakening his son, he watched the child don his robe and light the candles as acolyte at Sunday services. The young boy was proud, smiling. He told everyone how much he enjoyed doing things at church. His father knew his son would also grow up faithful to God and strong in character.

     These are hard times for parents and caregivers of children. May God give all the strength to be strong in His teachings, and help them to build the faith that will never fail them as their children grow into adults.

Note: The boy in 1980 was my son; the boy in 2007 is my grandson.

Prayer: Lord, Be with those who teach and guide your children so that they may watch these flowers you’ve sown grow strong in faith and in God’s love. Amen

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

CHILDISH IMMATURITY

CHILD ABUSE DEFINITIONS

The Legacy of Hopedale, Massachusetts

Emergency Responders Act to Save Animals

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