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A Powerful Opportunity for Parents

Editorial by Todd Casey

There is something powerful when children see their parent(s) daily set aside time to worship their Creator God both personally and corporately as a family unit. It is through daily connection with God that families receive a fresh supply of His mercy and grace.

As parents, we have the special task to show our children how God has led in the past, how He is leading today and how He will lead in the future. In Deuteronomy 6, Moses admonished parents to take every opportunity (when you rise, when you sit, when you walk and when you lie down) to share with their children what God had done for them—how God had delivered them with a mighty hand from the land of Egypt. Has God delivered you from your “Egypt”? Do you have reason to praise the Lord?

In Romans 10:14, Paul writes, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (KJV).

We can ask ourselves, How will our children know that God will be faithful to them if we don’t take the opportunity to tell them? How will they learn to call on Him in their time of need if they don’t experience prayer growing up in our homes? How will they hear of His goodness if we don’t tell them?

Let’s take every opportunity to teach our children about God by modeling personal worship, engaging them in family worship and telling them the stories of how God has, is and will continue to lead.

Todd Casey serves as the youth director for the Pennsylvania Conference.

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