Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it. [Proverbs 22:6 (NLT)]
And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. … Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father. [Matthew 18:5-6,10 (NLT)]
Like all children, my grands are growing up and new challenges face them every day. The eldest is now driving and old enough to date. Come fall, she’ll be looking at colleges, two others will start junior high school, one enters kindergarten and the youngest is off to nursery school. Where did the time go?
One look back at my childhood (especially my teen years), tells me that I kept my guardian angel working overtime. Not wanting my grands to make the same mistakes I did, I’d love to put a protective bubble around each one of them. It would shield them from evil influences, bad people, poor choices and dangerous situations. Although a protective bubble won’t work, perhaps the armor of God will. While not the typical school uniform, we can clothe our children with the belt of God’s truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the peace of the gospel on their feet, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. Although weapons aren’t allowed in school, we can arm them with the sword of God’s word and the power of prayer. In the end, however, it will be their battle to fight and not ours.
Blessed Lord, thank you for the children you have given us; please protect them. Shield them from influences that run counter to your teachings. May they come to know both you and your word so they can withstand the challenges of this troubled and confusing world. Movies, magazines, television, music, books, social media and even their peers bombard them with opinions, advice, and examples that challenge their values and faith. Fill their lives with positive influences to inspire, teach and guide them. May they flourish and grow in their relationship with you. Let your light shine brightly in their lives so that all of their attitudes and actions honor your holy name.