It started: “Good morning, good morning, how are you today?
The Lord bless you and keep you throughout the day.” The song was simple, but it helped our children start each day with words that spoke of our love and God’s love for them.
Parents can sing a blessing to young children, even if their children don’t understand all that’s being said.
When our girls were between the ages of 2 and 6, my wife and I would sing a song that we made especially for them.
My mother was a rheumatoid arthritic, and her hands were twisted and bent. She said, “John, you should have woken me up, and I could have helped you with the footnotes.” When I dropped my head again, she continued, “I don’t care what your teacher said or wrote.Then every morning after listening to this song, my wife or I would park in front of their school, turn around, take their hands and pray over them and their day.We might pray for a child’s friendship with someone or about a test that day.I’ll never forget sitting at her old kitchen table with my head down, waiting for what I expected would come next: She would echo the words of others: “Why can’t you do as well as your brother? ” That day, my teacher said even more than that with his actions.He had held my senior term paper as if it were covered in mold. That wasn’t my first D, but I’d worked really hard on that paper. “John, look at me.” She had already read my twin brother’s term paper — for which he had earned an A, as always. I raised my head, just enough for my eyes to meet hers.Sometimes it’s as if I hear the cry that Esau made when he found out his brother, Jacob, had taken his father’s blessing: “Esau said to his father, ‘Do you have only one blessing, my father? Kids thirst for parental acceptance — they long for their mother and father to reinforce their worth.Meeting your children’s need for affirmation doesn’t have to be difficult.We found we could do this during the time it took to drive them to school.First, we let our kids pick out a CD to listen to on the drive.Her grip was incredibly soft, but once she held my hand, I couldn’t pull away without hurting her and making her cry. You do such a good job of using words when you write that I wouldn’t be surprised if God used your words someday to help people.” At that moment, she gave me a gift that continues to shape my life today.She used the five elements of the biblical blessing to let me know I had worth: – My mom wasn’t perfect.