From Childhood You Have Known . . .

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In the early 1970s, the minister at the church where I grew up blessed me with his Biblical sermons. Now his widow blesses me with her kind emails. Yesterday she told me that her first grade public school teacher had her and her class memorize Psalm 100 and Psalm 23. “They have blessed my entire life!” she said.

I also learned Psalm 23 from one of my public school teachers.

The Lord is my shepherd,
I will not be in need.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For the sake of His name. . .
Psalm 23:1-3

I also learned the last verse of Psalm 19.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalm 19:14

We are both grateful that our forward thinking teachers planted Scripture in our hearts and that our memorization continues to bless our lives. Many have lamented the fact that school children don’t pray and learn the Bible in school as we once did. I am saddened by it, too, but I am grateful that you can include prayer and Bible study in your children’s schooling. Thank you for doing that.

You, however, continue in the things
you have learned and become convinced of,
knowing from whom you have learned them, 
and that from childhood
you have known the sacred writings
which are able to give you the wisdom
that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 
All Scripture is inspired by God
and beneficial for teaching,
for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; 
so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable,
equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:14-16

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