Proverbs 22:6

Our devotions this Easter season come from members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s writer is Mayra Marshall.

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” Proverbs 22:6

Most of you know my daughters, Charlotte and Claire. My heart and soul is poured into teaching them kindness, empathy, and a servant heart. I couldn’t help but feel prideful when we were at the local nursery, shopping for our garden, and the girls started to shout, “Hosanna, Hosanna!” when they saw a palm tree.

As a parent, I pray that their love for learning and training about Jesus continues. I pray because it’s easy to reflect on my own adolescence and some of the choices I continue to make. This passage helped me reflect on my actions, the strict Christian home that I grew up in, and where I am today. An outside perspective would identify 19-year-old Mayra as someone who had strayed based on her actions, behavior, and decisions. How could this be since the cross my father bears around his neck could challenge Liberace’s glow?

Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.” That last part sounds so absolute; “they will not stray.” Does that mean that my father did not teach me enough? If he failed to keep me from straying then will I fail my own children?

As adults, our children will have choices to make. Their decisions will have consequences. It’s their hearts that we have built, as teachers of God’s love. That is what will guide them through those decisions and consequences.

Training our children does not guarantee that they will not make mistakes; rather it guides them through their path when they make difficult choices. I am forever grateful for my parents, godparents, and friends that helped build my heart by teaching me the way of our Lord. I am even more grateful now for my community that is training and building the hearts of my very own children. The tearful moment at our local nursery when the girls started to shout, “Hosanna!” wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for their Sunday school teachers.

This passage opens up my heart to the acknowledgement that my duty is beyond the two sweet angels I call my own. As children in God’s family, we all have a duty to help create the path for all children.

Dear Lord, as we walk your path, open our hearts and our kindness to the children of the world. They are our future and the next disciples walking beside us. Amen.



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