What an exciting time it is! As we feel the cooler weather, begin preparing for the holiday season, and embark upon new adventures as a church, I urge us to look at the ways we can keep our focus on the Lord!
In Deuteronomy chapter six, as the Israelites look ahead to the Promised Land, Moses reminds the people to fear the Lord so that your children and their children and the children after them will keep the commands. What an important responsibility we have today with this call. We are blessed to have a Children’s Ministry that continues to grow! We want all our children to fear the Lord and keep His commands and we are the ones who are blessed to teach them this wonderful message!
Moses continues in chapter six to provide us with one of the most important messages - one that many of us know by heart:
“Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, and when you lie down, and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
- Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Let’s practice this! No matter what our busy schedules demand of us this season, let’s keep this command on our hearts! We can show our friends, family, and children that we choose to take this commandment seriously. We all learn by watching others. When our children walk down the halls of our church and are greeted with a smile, encouraged by their teachers and go home to a family who continues the conversation of the message learned at Bible class, we are modeling for them what it means to Love the Lord! Let’s all be a part of a wonderful community that spreads this message!