I used to say that everything I know I learned from my kids. Now my grandkids are taking over—and teaching Nana a lot! Consider my latest life lesson, from our granddaughter Hannah.
Hannah and her family go to a church where they sing a number of hymns based on Psalms. Recently they have been learning a song based on Psalm 22. She knows a lot of the words. But she knows more: how these words of God can comfort and sustain us.
Recently there was a particularly violent thunderstorm during the night in Pensacola, where she lives. Her parents, our son Lars and his wife Kelly, awoke to great flashes of lightening and loud cracks of thunder. They immediately listened for the kids, but hearing nothing from the children’s rooms, went back to sleep.
In the morning, Hannah, who will soon be three, told them, “I cried in my crib last night.” Surprised, they asked, “What did you cry about?” “The thunder was so loud outside my window.” Lars went on to ask, “What did you do when you cried?”
Hannah’s answer: “I sang ‘Be not far off…’” Words from the Psalm song they have been learning at church.
Wow! I was immediately reminded how powerful it is to help our very young children “hide God’s word in their hearts” in their earliest years. They learn so much more than we ever imagine.
But it was also a great lesson for me. It’s exactly what I need to do when I feel afraid. It may not be fear of thunderstorms. It may be concerns about a medical report or procedure, an unknown or uncertain future, or a family member or friend who seems to be running in the wrong direction.
Singing the Psalms. I remember reading somewhere a very long time ago about a conversation between Martin Luther and his friend Philipp Melanchthon at a time when Luther was undergoing deep depression. “Come, let’s sing the Psalms. Let’s sing the Psalms.”
Thank you, Hannah, for reminding us. Let’s sing the Psalms!