This Easter, I am giving each of my kids a bible. I spent over an hour sifting through several versions at the Christian Bookstore in hopes to find the one that will eventually be tattered and torn from a life spent rummaging through its pages. My children are 8 and 10 years-old, and I think they are ready. This is the celebrated transition from picture books and bible stories that layer our shelves, to God’s Living Word bound in His Holy Book.
I don’t remember having one when I was that age. I vaguely recall using bibles in Sunday school and confirmation class, all too quickly put away and hidden from my reach. I considered the bible to be a book with foreign characters and misinterpreted lessons. It was too holy for someone like me. The bible was a book of unforgiving sin, relentless shame and paralyzing fear of confusing messages that threatened my naive and chaotic existence. No one taught me otherwise.
I was 30-years-old, before I held His Holy Word in my own hands for good, and realized its significance.
To think of all those years… un-tethered to His Comfort, His Grace, His Guidance, His Hope. I was lost. Clinging to prayer, misunderstanding His mercy and misguided in His Plan.
My children will not suffer in the lost life as I did. They will embrace His Living Word at the young ripe ages of 8 and 10, as I did at 30. I will ensure this gift is opened consistently and consciously. This is my purpose as their parent.
And as the years go by, I will pray that their bibles are opened and the pages are ruffled and worn…frayed and scribbled on…stained from tears and highlighted with redemption. I will pray that my children are led to His Holy Living Word to navigate their faith and discover their plan in His Purpose. I will pray that His Word breathes into their souls, all the glory and gladness, grace and giving- all the gratitude and goodness that His Love pours onto his children. I will pray that God reaches and pulls them out of every dark corner they may fall into. I pray that through each aimless blurry turn into the corrupt corridors that lurk in this world, His Word draws them out of the broken pits and sanctifies their salvation. I pray that His Divinity and Sovereign power triumph in their hearts and in their lives, always and forever.
All Scripture is God-breathed
and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16
When did you or when will you introduce the Bible to your child?
By Chris Carter
Wife to Derek
Mom of two
SAHM (Stay at Home Mom)
1 Corinthains 13 Parenting Team Member