My mentor, Jo Bevington, sent me a letter recently. I am sharing it with you so you can hopefully capture her passion for establishing God’s Word in children, and you can feel the joy she possesses in her life. Keep in mind that she is 85, never had children of her own, has been a widow for about 40 years, and had a stroke recently which has left her unable to see very well and unable to walk without a walker. The only thing she has expressed regret about her situation is that she just had to give up teaching her preschool Sunday School class because her walker was too much of a distraction and safety hazard for the children.
What joy it has been to talk to you on the telephone!
These are the preschool Bible thoughts I was telling you about. What joy it is to me to make me a pocket verse everyday and by the end of the day I have memorized it…..So I think what fun it would be for families of preschoolers to make their child a “pocket verse” every day. Since young children are concrete learners, the words of the Bible might become valuable to them if they carried around a little Bible thought each day.
Today was a fun day for me. Rebecca, who cleans my house, decided she wanted to learn to play piano. And it has been great joy for me to teach her. We just take time out from her work and have a lesson. I am trying to play again, even though it is very hard to see. I can only do it a short time each time I try. But the Lord is Good! I can still play.
I love you, Sheilah!
Jo’s joy, in spite of her circumstances, comes from her daily contact with God through His Word.
Listed below are some of the Bible thoughts she mentioned. If you want to see more, please contact me. Deuteronomy says we are to be ready to share God’s Word with our children as we go about our daily routine. I liked Jo’s idea of putting it on a card and giving the child something tangible to hold on to all day.
God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness he called ‘night’ Genesis 1:5
God made all kinds of trees to grow. Genesis 2:9
Love your father and mother. Exodus 20:12
A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17
Everything God made is beautiful. Ecclesiastes 3:11
The birds have nests. Matthew 8:20
Help one another. Galatians 5:13