Thankful for parents' model of faith
May 4, 2018
King David wrote: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119: 105) I know that is true because my parents modeled that for me during my childhood.
Church was a huge part of our lives. Not only did we go on Sunday but many times during the week as well.
Our family had a practice to have family Bible readings and prayer every night. Then we would discuss what we read. Mother always rounded us up and we would pull out the Bible reading guide. We would kneel around my parents’ bed and read whatever Bible reading was assigned for that day.
At that time, Susie was in Dell Dickenson’s room at Highland Elementary School and was just learning to read. She always wants to “practice” her reading and she always volunteered to read the Bible readings. I would always say “Oh please, Mother...doesn’t let her read!” But Mother was afraid she if didn’t let her read, it might make her have bad memories and keep her from reading the Bible in her adult years.
Mother would let her start and then Susie would have to have help on the harder words. So here is how it went for Psalm 140: Susie: O Lord…; Mother: rescue; Susie: rescue me from…; Mother: evil; Susie: evil…; Mother: people…; Susie: evil people…; Mother: preserve…; Susie: preserve me from…; Mother: those…; Susie: those who are…; Mother: violent…; and on and on. It took forever.
I was an upper classman (third grade) and I wanted to get through it. I think sometimes I went to sleep leaning my head against the mattress. But Mother thought it important; if Susie wanted to read the Bible, she would have the opportunity.
I know that our early Bible reading experiences have served a purpose. Susie and I both love the Bible and find encouragement for not only our “normal” days but assurance from God’s word in the difficult times of our lives.
When we were little girls, we had no idea that we would face some difficult times in our lives and the scriptures from the Bible would bring us comfort. As children, we lived in a world that was shielded and free from much heartache and trouble. But as an adult, I find those scriptures Mother and Daddy read to us and that familiarity with the Bible have encouraged me in my adult years. During these last 18 months since the death of our John Scott, I have found comfort, assurance, hope and inspiration from scriptures my parents read aloud to me years ago. I can go to those same passages I heard as a child and read them today and apply them to my situation.
From the Bible I know that Jesus is preparing a place for those who love him. Jesus said: “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (John 14:2)
From the Bible I know there will be no sadness in heaven. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
From the Bible I know that I will live with Jesus forever. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11)
From the Bible I know that I can pray to the Lord and he will hear me. “I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)
From the Bible I know that I can take my cares and anxieties to him. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Little did I know long ago that my Mother and Daddy would give me a great gift in teaching me the significance of the Bible in my life. I am so thankful for them and for the faith they modeled to me.
Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at: [email protected]