They in their turn said to Jeremiah, "May the LORD be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act according to everything that the LORD your God sends us through you. (Jeremiah 42:5 NRSV)
A burst of thunder sent a three-year old flying into her parent's bedroom. "Mommy, I'm scared," she said.

The mother, half-awake and half-unconscious, replied, "Go back to your room. God will be there with you."

The small figure stood in the unlit doorway for a moment and then said softly, "Mommy, I'll sleep here with Daddy and you go in there and sleep with God."

It's tough the first night we make a child sleep alone in her own room. To hear her crying herself to sleep, to ignore her plea for another drink of water, to turn over and go back to sleep when you know she is frightened and lonesome is difficult. Yet you know for the child's own good this is a transition she must make. She cannot stay an infant forever. There is a fine line between providing for a child's needs and spoiling that child. This is also a fine line between a child's own discovery of God and our active witness. Our children need our faithful witness and instruction.

Loving God, I often fail to be the witness I should be for my children. Help me Lord, by word and deed, live a life worthy of you. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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