Teach the Children

Ericka Loynes

Read: Deuteronomy 6:1-12 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them . . . (v. 7) Depending on their church tradition, Christian parents usually choose to baptize or publicly dedicate their babies to the Lord. Infant baptisms and baby dedications have differences, but they have this in common: they are public declarations in front of family, friends, and a church community that signifies the parents’ commitment to rearing their babies in the knowledge of the …

The Young Rabbi

Ericka Loynes

Read: Luke 2:42-51 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. (v. 47) In 1987, William Hudson III was officially ordained as a minister at only twelve years of age. According to interviews he gave back then, he practiced preaching in a back room of his house after receiving The Picture Bible at age three. By age eight, he preached his first sermon. Though his parents faithfully attended church for years, they weren’t fully committed …

One Child’s Meal

Ericka Loynes

Read: John 6:1-14 There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish . . . (v. 9) When the little girls in her neighborhood thought vegetables came in a can, Dawn Blackman realized families in her area didn’t have nearby options for buying fresh produce. What could she do? She owned a dress shop. The time she spent driving the girls to a grocery store, offering them healthy foods, and showing them how to grow sprouts …

Courageous Young Rulers

Ericka Loynes

Read: Daniel 3:14-28 But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. (v. 15) To become firefighters, men and women must endure rigorous training and test their abilities in simulated scenarios. Both mental and physical stamina are needed to successfully complete the training. Yet, however much training they’ve had, the true test of their commitment to the job is when they are dispatched to a burning building with people trapped inside. Firefighters have …

An Anointed Young Shepherd

Ericka Loynes

Read: 1 Samuel 16:2-13 There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep. (v. 11) My son, DJ, decided to do stand-up comedy in a talent show one year. That surprised me. I viewed comedians as the life of the party. DJ was witty but mild-mannered in large groups. I could not see him being successful, and I wanted to spare him embarrassment. When the day came for his performance, he was great. His unique style delighted …

A Special Baby

Ericka Loynes

Read: Exodus 2:2-10 When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. (v. 2) Mothers like Valerie Herskowitz have to pay close attention to what their children need. Valerie’s son, Blake, has autism, and when there was lack of assistance for him, she met the need herself. After high school, Valerie worried that structured programs would not be available for him in her area. When she noticed her son’s interest in baking, she got an …