‘Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will pour forth mysteries from of old, such as we have heard and known, which our forebears have told us.
We will not hide from their children; but will recount to generations to come, the praises of the Lord and his power, and the wonderful works he has done.’ (Psalm 78 1-4)
As I was reading the first few verses of this Psalm, I was reminded of the Crosby, Stills & Nash song “Teach Your Children Well”. One of the best ways of teaching our children is through storytelling - an ancient tradition passed down through the centuries. Stories told over and over again so that those listening are able to memorise and pass them on to the next generation. As a child I loved hearing the stories in the Bible, letting my imagination bring them to life and enabling me to recall and recount these stories to my own children. We all have a responsibility to teach our children well and perhaps through these dark days of winter we could start by snuggling up on the settee and reading a few Bible stories together.
Lyn Hayes, ALM