Here I take my stand . . .
One Saturday night, giving in to the reality that illness would keep our family out of church the next morning, I told my children we would have church at home.
My 8-year-old son asked if he could preach. Impressed, I replied yes, but he should give serious thought as to what he would preach on because this was an important part of being the preacher.
The next morning, I asked if he was ready and if he had given thought to what he would preach on? To which he replied, "Oh, on the footstool, I guess."
- Rick Evans, Montevallo, AL
Faithful, True . . . and Howard?
My 4-year-old daughter, Natalie, had recently learned the Lord's Prayer. One day she excitedly came to me and said, "Mom, I've got it, I know what God's name is!"
"You do?" I asked, curious to hear her answer. "What is it?"
"Howard," she replied.
I asked her why she thought "Howard" was God's name.
"Because when we pray "Our Father," we say his name," Natalie answered.
I could not figure out what she was talking about so I asked her to say the prayer for me.
She prayed, "Our father, who art in heaven, Howard be thy name . . . "
- Robin Hansen, Davenport, IA
The yeast of these, my brethren
A home school ("private school" here in Kansas) family of six, our children are in the kitchen often. They even understood the function of yeast at a young age.
I know this for sure because when Ryan (4), professed faith in Christ, Cory (6), explained communion to him. He said, "Ryan, the juice reminds us that Jesus bled and died for our sins and the bread reminds us that He rose again."
- Mrs. Brian Ekeland, Mission, KS
Poor, lonely Joshua
The children and I begin each school day with a short devotion, working our way through the Bible. We have been at it long enough that we just recently completed the book of Joshua.
One night, our 5-year-old son, Aaron, particularly enjoyed our family's time together and voiced a real appreciation and thankfulness for a family. Then he added, "It's too bad Joshua was the son of none."
- Eve Silverstein, Paducah, KY
Arrows in a quiver or needles in a haystack?
Soon after the birth of our daughter, Nekoda, I was doing a devotional with our 3-year-old son. I had chosen Psalm 127:4 and was explaining how children were like arrows and what that meant. Devin looked at our baby and said to me, "Mama, I know the Bible says we are arrows, but Nekoda looks like a little needle to me."
- Elizabeth Mousso, Leyden, MA
An illuminating paraphrase
Our 5-year-old daughter was having a bit of trouble memorizing Romans 3:23, but she seemed to have the right idea when she confidently recited, "For all have sinned, and have become too small to reach His holiness."
- Brenda Sawyer, Chagrin Falls, OH
The kids did it
A recent misunderstanding reminded me to be careful in my use of words while teaching my kindergarten son. We had been studying the Israelites' escape from Egypt and travels in the desert. One day as a review, Caleb was recounting the story of the golden calf. He ended the story by stating: "It was the kids who did it."
I quickly reminded him that adults were also involved.
With a perplexed look, he responded, "But you said it was the children of Israel!"
- Patricia Owen, Honaker, VA