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READ: Psalm 78:1-8

That they may arise and declare [God’s law] to their children, that they may set their hope in God. —Psalm 78:6-7

In 19th-century Scotland, a young mother
observed her 3-year-old son’s inquisitive nature. It seemed he was
curious about everything that moved or made a noise. James Clerk
Maxwell would carry his boyhood wonder with him into a remarkable
career in science. He went on to do groundbreaking work in electricity
and magnetism. Years later, Albert Einstein would say of Maxwell’s work
that it was “the most fruitful that physics has experienced since the
time of Newton.”

From early childhood, religion touched all
aspects of Maxwell’s life. As a committed Christian, he prayed: “Teach
us to study the works of Thy hands . . . and strengthen our reason for
Thy service.” The boyhood cultivation of Maxwell’s spiritual life and
curiosity resulted in a lifetime of using science in service to the
Creator.

The community of faith has always had the responsibility
to nurture the talent of the younger generation and to orient their
lives to the Lord, “that they may arise and declare [God’s law] to
their children, that they may set their hope in God” (Ps. 78:6-7).

Finding
ways to encourage children’s love for learning while establishing them
in the faith is an important investment in the future.   — Dennis Fisher

Our children are a gift from God
On loan from heaven above,
To train and nourish in the Lord,
And show to them His love. —Sper

We shape tomorrow’s world by what we teach our children today.

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