“With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.Psalm 119:10-11 (NIV)
One of the most special times of the day for me is a moment that my family shares together after dinner. Just after 7pm when my son has packed away his toys for the day, my wife, kids and I sit down in the lounge room to read the bible and pray. It has become more special because I see the joy my son has when I tell him it is time to read the bible together.
After exclaiming to all of us, “Going to read the bible!” about 10 times, he sits and listens as Elise and I read the bible. As soon as we finish reading, he looks at me and says, “Now pray?” Then we all take turns in praying together, and again my son prays too. Often he thanks God for his Thomas trains by name, then Elise and I encourage him to thank God for many things he has been able to do for the day. It truly is the most special time of the day, and I pray that God will use this time for us to seek him with our whole hearts, and that it would build up all of my family for Christ’s kingdom and purposes.
What are you doing to grow together as a family under Christ? Can I encourage you to consider reading the bible together as a family. The writer of Psalm 119 encourages Christians to seek God with our whole hearts and to store God’s word in our hearts, and one of the most encouraging ways I have found is to do this is as a family. And the lead up to Christmas gives you the best place to begin reading – in Matthew or Luke’s Gospels as they retell the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus, the promised Messiah.