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Words that Lead, Watch Over, and Talk With Children and Grandchildren

When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you. For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life. Proverbs 6:22-23

This article first appeared on FighterVerses.com. Copyright © 2022 Rebecca Cedillo. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Fathers and mothers and grandparents have the unique opportunity to disciple their children and grandchildren with God’s words. The instruction of God-fearing parents actively leads, watches over, and talks with children, lighting life’s path and equipping them to face sin and suffering. I’m thankful for my Proverbs 6:22-23 grandmothers who spoke words that lead, watch over, and talk with me—especially as I consider the frightening reality of death.

My great-great-great-great Grandmother, Elizabeth, whose last decades were impacted by the Civil War, penned these words at the end of her life:

Fear the Lord. Obey his commandments. I’ve done so and it led me to repentance, whereby I obtained the forgiveness of my sins. Then began my life by faith in his promises and love to God and faith in Christ…When it seems as though the very roots of our life, the foundations of our hopes, the springs and fountains of all our joys are removed, we can not at such times do otherwise than mourn. The heart will grieve and tears will flow and dark waves will roll over us, nevertheless it may all be well. It may be sent in kindness and love, and amid the apparent frowns there may be smiles and blessings, the darkest clouds are pregnant with showers. We do not always see things as they really are; well may the poet say,

“Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, but trust him for his grace. Behind the frowning providence, he hides a smiling face.”

When Providence seems to us to frown, we may be emerging into a field of light.

Years later her great granddaughter, my Granny Anne, would be in her own dark cloud called Alzheimer’s. Providence seemed to frown on all of us who loved her. The last time I saw her, she didn’t recognize me. I brought along a devotional she had sent to me years earlier that quoted Psalm 103. I opened my Bible and read the chapter. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

“Hallelujah!” Granny Anne interrupted, grinning ear to ear. For one brief moment, we enjoyed a field of light as we praised our Savior for His grace.

Both Elizabeth and Anne found hope and joy in their last days in God’s forgiveness of their sins. They were anchored in the grace of God which “has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10). If, like them, I fill my soul with the fear of the Lord who abolished death, there is no room to fear it.

Will you join Elizabeth, Anne, and me? Teach your children and grandchildren to fear the Lord, obey His commandments, and anchor their soul in the grace of God. We all will experience dark clouds. But they are fleeting. Soon the field of light will break in forever. For all who are in Christ, our Hallelujahs will never end.

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  1. Heather Pichora

    If ever there was a time to imprint God’s Word upon our grandchildrens’ hearts, it is now in a culture gone increasingly mad…where anything goes and it is called good. May God forgive us for the times we abdicated our God-given responsibility to pass on a legacy of faith to the next generations. May we be reminded of this legacy and treasure it.

Rebecca Cedillo

Rebecca is thrilled that her love for Immanuel Baptist Church families and student learning are paired perfectly in the Immanuel Kids Ministry Director role. She taught students for 18 years and wrote two children's books: Meeting Munchie and The Bike I Like. Both books feature her children. She and her husband, Pastor Dominic, have two children, Levi and Sophia, who were adopted from Ethiopia in 2010.