I just rediscovered these ideas in a letter I wrote to parents a year agoâ€¦ Itâ€™s not as dry a summer, but the ideas are still pertinent!
In thinking and praying for your children and for mine, Iâ€™m drawn to a passage in Isaiah that has deep resonance, particularly in such a hot and dry summer as this. Itâ€™s a promise from the Lord to pour out His streams of water â€¦
â€œBut now listen, Jacob, my servant,
Israel, whom I have chosen.
2Â This is what the Lord saysâ€”
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3Â For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4Â They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.
5Â Some will say, â€˜I belong to the Lordâ€™;
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, â€˜The Lordâ€™s,â€™
and will take the name Israel.
The work of parenting is so very hard, and it is easy to feel spiritually dry and ineffective. But the promise to our children is so very rich! The Lord will pour out His Spirit; our children will spring up; they will claim the Lordâ€™s ownership over their lives. What a good Father we have!