Marme and E and WC

I love you to the moon and back again…

Sunday School sing-along songs

on January 3, 2012

Over the holidays, E and I listened to Christmas music while I worked and he played. He’s smart as a whip, so the minute I walk into my temporary office at my daughter’s house he reaches for the CD player. He takes after his mother–he LOVES music!

Since Christmas is over, we needed a replacement for our fun Christmas CD that he loved. I found a great CD at Target the other day: Sunday School Sing-Along. It wasn’t long before he was clapping and dancing to the music again. These songs, however, are more on his level and he loves hearing them. This morning when he got up, he made his way to the office and pointed to the CD player and said, “dat?” That’s his word for everything that he doesn’t know the word for.

When my kids were little we sang all these tunes, but listening to them again brought back the best of memories. Songs like Arky, Arky, Peace Like a River, Zaccheus, and Deep and Wide were favorites in our house. Of course many of the songs have hand motions to go along with them so I’ll be teaching them to him over the next few months. What a joy it will be to pass along this heritage to my grandson.

I was talking to a friend today about little E and how important it is to raise him in the church and expose him to songs like these. She reminded me of one of my favorite passages of scripture and a promise that all parents can claim for their children:

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

Reading a commentary on the verse clarifies the importance of this training in a child’s life:

Train up a child in the way he should go – The Hebrew of this clause is curious: “Initiate the child at the opening (the mouth) of his path.” When he comes to the opening of the way of life, being able to walk alone, and to choose; stop at this entrance, and begin a series of instructions, how he is to conduct himself in every step he takes. Show him the duties, the dangers, and the blessings of the path; give him directions how to perform the duties, how to escape the dangers, and how to secure the blessings, which all lie before him. Fix these on his mind by daily inculcation, till their impression is become indelible; then lead him to practice by slow and almost imperceptible degrees, till each indelible impression becomes a strongly radicated habit. Beg incessantly the blessing of God on all this teaching and discipline; and then you have obeyed the injunction of the wisest of men. Nor is there any likelihood that such impressions shall ever be effaced, or that such habits shall ever be destroyed.

That’s a tall order, not only for parents but grandparents as well. But little E is worth every moment of sacrifice it takes to ensure that he grows up to be like his namesake, my father: a man after God’s own heart.


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