4th October 2013

Our Children Sing Our Song 

He (Solomon) had seven hundred wives…and three hundred concubines”; “In all he (Rehoboam, Solomon’s son) had eighteen wives and sixty concubines”
1 Kings 11:3; 2 Chronicles 11:21 (NIV UK)

When Solomon wrote about bringing up children in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6), I wonder whether he was thinking about the example he set. Certainly Rehoboam, when he was old, did not depart from his father’s ways, but not quite on his dad’s scale!

In 2013 there was a study conducted at the US’s Cornell University into cascading “reminiscence bumps”. This refers to its conclusion that the music we heard from our parents has a long lasting impact on us. Although our strongest bonds are to the music we enjoyed in our 20s, there is still an emotional attachment to songs played around the home when we were growing up. I put this to the test. Would my children remember Showaddywaddy? Or would time have erased the memories just like a little bit of soap can wash away lipstick from the face? Well – and they may not want to admit this – not only do they remember, but also sometimes they sing the songs!

Paul recalled the positive impact on Timothy’s faith made by Timothy’s grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice. It was as if the music of Lois’s and Eunice’s faith still played on in Timothy’s life (2 Timothy 1:5).

What about our music? I don’t just mean what we listen to, but what about the music of our example? Is our spiritual beat the rhythm of love and faith? If we surround a child with God’s compassion for them, even though they may choose their own life paths in the future, the impact of our gracious approach in Christ might affect them in later life. They will remember, perhaps, our choruses of grace. And, it’s never too late – if you have not shown God’s love to them before, do so now.

Let’s live the music of God’s grace towards our children so that they may experience those cascading “reminiscence bumps”.

Prayer
Father, help us to sing your song of grace to our children in all that we do and say. In Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson

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