“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Our three granddaughters attended a church preschool. This past week, the youngest moved on to join her older sisters at their local public school. Since I spent my career in public education, I know that their religious education will continue there, though in unspoken ways. I didn’t “teach” my beliefs through the curriculum. Still, I certainly hope that my relationship with God was evident in my interactions with my students, their parents and my colleagues. Conversations with our older granddaughters assure me that goodness abounds in their school as well.
When our granddaughters were younger and God was a daily part of their curriculum, they often shared the things they learned about God with Grandpa and me. Now that the youngest has moved on to kindergarten, I wondered if these conversations would diminish or disappear. It was during a recent overnight with us that the girls joined us at church. They immediately picked up hymnals where they could find the prayers we’d use. I was amazed by their focus since the church was half-filled with scaffolds because it was being painted. I was further amazed because Grandpa-the-Deacon was preaching that day. All the while, they entered in like old pros. Apparently, those seeds which were planted by Mommy and Daddy and preschool are well-cared for and growing beautifully.
Good and gracious God, help all little children to find you in the people who love and care for them.
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