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We and our children have the opportunity to hear very strange ideas in the world around us, ideas that are vastly different from what God teaches us in His Word. Satan is crafty; he works hard to make those strange ideas sound inviting. We must always remember what Jesus said about Satan: “. . . there is no truth in him. Whenever he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Homeschooling gives us one of the best opportunities to protect our children from these strange ideas and to counter those ideas with truth.

We are destroying arguments
and all arrogance raised against
the knowledge of God,
and we are taking every thought captive
to the obedience of Christ . . . .
2 Corinthians 10:5

The words, “in simple trust like theirs who heard beside the Syrian Sea,” have been running through my mind lately. They come from the hymn,  “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,” by John Greenleaf Whittier.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.

Sea of Galilee (Syrian Sea), c. 1943. Courtesy Library of Congress.

Let’s nurture our own simple trust every day and nurture simple trust in our children.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee,
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity,
Interpreted by love!

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.

May “our ordered lives confess the beauty” of God’s peace. Jesus said:

“These things I have spoken to you
so that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you have tribulation,
but take courage;
I have overcome the world.”
John 6:33

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One comment

  1. I’ve never heard this hymn. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing. That really touched my heart today.

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