The Church: Place where we were trained up a child

Proverbs-22-Verse-6The Verse of the Day for September 1, 2015 is a familiar verse related to child-rearing and the encouragement to “Train up a child in the way that he should go,” so says King James, and the New Living Translation puts it this way:

Proverbs 22:6

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

This particular verse brings to mind a recent experience that brought me great delight. This past weekend, I celebrated the fifty-fifth anniversary of my high school reunion. As the self-designated “Poet Laureate” of the class of 1960 of Froebel High School in Gary, Indiana, I shared an original poem of celebration: “Fifty-five blessed years: Reflecting on our journey—Projecting toward our future.” I spoke of “recollecting three forgotten places of influence: The Home–The Church—The School.” Here is an excerpt from the section discussing “The Church” where I made reference to the familiar passage from Proverbs 22:6:

The Church–

How can we forget the Church?

the place of grace, where we learned to love the Lord

and to serve in this special place of community,

where we sang “What a fellowship, What a joy divine.”

where we cherished the sweet fellowship of kindred minds;

where we exchanged our vows and christened and baptized up our children,

where we heard the elders testifying of “the goodness of the Savior, in these last and evil days,”

hearing the deacons and the mothers,

thanking God for “life and a reasonable portion of health and strength”

lyrics that we once mouthed from rote memory,

we now sing with a “Blessed Assurance,”

proclaiming “Yes, God is Real!” from the depths of our souls;

now we can testify for ourselves, “If it had not been for the Lord,

who was on our side, where would we be?”

Here in this place we endeavored to train up our offspring, even as we were trained,

here in this place where we laid our loved ones to rest

this sacred place remains a vital part of our lives.

Let the Church say amen!

Without question, the Church was most influential in my life, as I grew up. It was one of the principal places where I was “trained up as a child.” Today I continue to reap boundless benefits of having been so instructed as a child.

Steve Green offers a musical rendering of Proverbs 22:6:

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One Response to “The Church: Place where we were trained up a child”

  1. Cheryl Thompson Williams Says:

    How awesome!!! You are such a reflection of Proverbs 22:6. I know of what I speak:>)

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