Monday, August 28, 2006

Back to School

Hallelujah! The day is finally here and the kids are heading back to school! For the McIlwain family, this also means beginning again our family devotional routine. This year, we're using a lectionary-based devotional book.

The best news is that because of proper timing, we are all able to share devotions together; last year, our two older kids shared with us prior to our two younger children, who did not have to get up quite as early to catch the bus.

I thank God for the opportunity and blessing of being able to share these brief but important times with my wife and children. My kids often "don't get it", and often would rather be doing anything else, but what a joy it is to have the privilege of family devotional time. May I never take it for granted.

"Hear, O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.
You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart.
Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise..."

(Deuteronomy 6:4-7, NRSV)

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