When our daughter was about 18-months-old, about to celebrate her second Christmas, I put up the usual decorations for the season. Fascinated with the new items around our home, she made her way to the nativity scene on the fireplace. I figured I’d take this opportunity to share with her. I told her about Mommy Mary, Daddy Joseph, and Baby Jesus. She glanced at me as I spoke and then she looked down at the figurines. She touched them gently, as I instructed her, and then she started singing, “Jesus Loves Me.”
My husband and I have been singing her that song since the day we brought her home from the hospital. Yes, little one, Jesus loves you dearly. As I pointed out baby Jesus to her, something clicked in her little mind and heart. This must be the same Jesus that loves me. She gave kisses to Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus and went on her way. But for the rest of the Christmas season, she took time every now and then to visit baby Jesus and sing the tune that had come to mean so much to her.
We have made music and worship an important part of our family and home life. Our daughter knows plenty of Christian songs and hymns, and as she plays, or is riding in the car, she will sing them. I trust that her songs of praise are helping her find the way to Jesus.
Sing your little ones the songs of faith. Even if it the message seems too complex at the time, it will remain in their hearts, and at the right moment, it will make its way to the surface and point your child to God. These songs remind a person at any age of God’s goodness and that we are His beloved children.
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