This week’s guest blog comes from Linda MacKillop, publishing coordinator.
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13: 1
When our four sons were growing up, my husband and I took time “dating” each of them so that they had some rare individualized attention with a parent. Undivided attention, strong eye contact, allowing them to choose the conversation topic and know they were valued enough to deserve an adults time gave our sons the chance to be heard. As members of a noisy, clanging and banging family, air time was at a premium, and these dates sent the message that they were loved and cherished by us.
The years whirled past us all and now they are adults, allowing us the opportunity to see the fruit of those tender moments. We are privileged to enjoy strong relationships with each of them today, and we’re privileged to see their ability to lavish others with the same love they experienced growing up. But more important than our parental imperfect love, children need to know that God’s love is always present in their lives, even if we are not.
Valentine’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to bathe kids in love. All those important messages being shared through cards and chocolate, and gifts! And at Tyndale, we have some great books to assist you in spreading the message of love in your kids’ lives.
Matt Hammitt’s beautifully illustrated children’s book, I Couldn’t Love You More, tells the story of his son, Bowen, born with a heart defect. As the lead vocalist for Sanctus Real, a Grammy-nominated Christian rock band, Matt wrote the song for his album, Every Fallen Tear about finding out with his wife Sarah halfway through her pregnancy that their son would be born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), a rare congenital defect. The message of Matt’s song and the resulting picture book is that the parents couldn’t possibly love this child anymore, but there is someone present in Bowen’s life who does: Christ will never leave this child. Reading this book to your children will create compassion in their hearts for others, especially someone with health issues. Children will learn to love as they are loved.
Best-selling author Karen Kingsbury’s also wrote a children’s book celebrating a parent’s love for their child. In the sweet and tender Let Me Hold You Longer, this illustrated picture book depicts how parents should savor every moment their child’s life, including the lasts. Marking the moments and the passing of time reminds parents that the childhood years will soon come to end. Show your love today to these treasures. Use Valentine’s Day to express that love for your children and teach them to love others. And let Tyndale help you in this worthy endeavor!
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