Now here’s a fresh wrinkle on child-rearing, well worth posting in the literature.
Our friend and former parishioner, Melli, has spent much of her adult life in Burundi, Africa, along with her husband Ken. Together they’ve seen the enormous need of children left orphaned in great numbers there, and out of the compassion of their hearts have taken ten such children and are in the process of adopting the last six of them.
At the present, Melli is living in Lakeland, Florida with this little brood. They are in the United States principally for long term speech therapy for Samuel.
Melli writes that earlier that morning two of the children were squabbling over a little toy car and she was sure the whole neighborhood could hear the goings-on, So she commanded, STOP EVERYTHING AND QUOTE KING DAVID: “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14)
She doesn’t report the results but I can guess that they were electric. And from the perspective of a great-grandfather, I can commend the solution to the literature and to the use of harried parents anywhere when their little ones squabble. Except that the children must be helped to memorize the prayer in advance of the strife.