For JK, My Dear Fourth Granddaughter
JK's Poem, With Love From Grandmama
Fair and strong you’ve come to us,
Presenting in a bitsy stage of growth,
Surely wond’ring, "What’s the fuss?"
Resting, blooming, dolled up in fancy clothes.
Sweet antics soon will surprise,
Adventure filled days, bright joyful singing,
Transformation’s in your eyes,
Gladness to life you’re already bringing,
Pretty nose, soft chubby cheeks,
Graceful, dear fingers, cute cuddlesome feet.
Thinking fast, your eyes search, seek,
Hands learning quickly, oeuvres you'll complete.
Precious JK, Perhaps Our Caboose,
Dear Little One,
At this writing we were yet to hold you in our arms but you loved beyond measure as our new, dear treasure. Our seventh grandchild and fourth granddaughter, you should know that our hearts are once again multiplied by love and beloved you’ll always be. The mystery of how our hearts can love you wholly when each of your siblings and cousins hold the same amount of space in them continues to be unsolvable, but make no mistake, it is no problem.
Your grandmama has prayed for your entrance into this world and now I will continue to pray for your journey through it. I pray that throughout your days you will consider Jesus according to His Word. May He draw you to Himself at an early age and grant you the understanding of His Word that compels you to trust Him with your whole heart and mind so your path will be lit with His loving grace.
I am asking God to give you a hunger and thirst for the deep riches of His Word, such that when others see you they will see the Christ. May your hands be busy with His purposes as your heart is enveloped in His goodness. May His mercy be your lighthouse, His love your own banner, and may you make His wisdom your constant friend. Throughout each stage of your precious life may you have an unwavering awareness of His presence that comforts and guides you through life’s valleys and over mountain tops.
May you always remember that it is not by any of our work, or influence, or strength, but only by His Holy Spirit that we are able to respond to His mercy through the Lord Jesus. Remember, so you can truly walk in repentance as a free and joyful child of the King of Glory. I pray you will live mindful that He is always pursuing you with His love, desiring that you look to Him for help to stand firm and strong in His grace through knowledge of His Word.
May you always recall that His people wisely begin and end each day with a thankful, cleansing prayer, and that throughout those days He wants us to walk and talk with Him, seeking His help in all things for His glory and our good. Sweet babe, I pray these things and more with a vision for your future, a vision of how God wants to do much in and through you. May you walk safely, as one who fears Him more than most, rising above the circumstances of this fallen world to magnify Him in your own heart and mind, in example to brothers and sisters, and to the needy people He brings into your path.
With love and prayers,
Complete in Thee
Teaching children to use words wisely equips them for life at every stage of their development.— Robertatalloni
Children's Experience with Poetry
How important is it for children to hear and write poetry?
Considering the Word Growth
Naturally, grandparents want to see their grands thrive and flourish, but every child grows and develops at their own pace. No matter how that works out for each, every little life is beyond precious. There are many ways Christian grandparents can help their grandchildren’s growth in this world, especially if we do not compare ourselves to others but share our individual strengths to them as a legacy of love.
The understanding of words comes no less at a singular pace for little ones than grasping or walking. Helping them learn new words is just plain fun stuff, but giving them an early sense that words are a special kind of communication is crucial to their mental and emotional development. It is taught to them through life experience by people who take the time to interact with them.
Understanding the word growth is a great place to begin thinking about working with them and, of course, we know that grow is its root. Looking at how words are used historically in the context of Scripture is always interestingly helpful. Endenic is the name of the earliest language and from its study we learn that the use of growth’s root in Scripture is agricultural.
That application is a good explanation of why object lessons about living wisely are taken from the agrarian society of those early peoples. John Piper offers a wonderfully thoughtful treatment of how to gain wisdom in which he uses an analogy about a food harvested as often as possible by the people who used that earliest language. Wisdom seems to be used in connection to honey 30+ times throughout the BIble.
Teaching children to use words wisely equips them for life at every stage of their development. All of our relationships are affected by the wise or unwise use of words. Teaching what God tells us about using words in a wise manner is one of the most important gifts we can give children. The Old Testament’s book of Proverbs is possibly the best place to begin with very young children.
Helping them memorize verses from Proverbs 16, “...Kind words are like honey, sweet and healthful...”, is a great beginning to learning the benefits of wise word usage. Thinking of how much bullying could be averted in schools if these verses were taught from the perspective of God’s authority in this world, giving children a solid foundation to grow from, is quite a picture.
Growth for children should be our goal because they need to mature in order to be safe, to succeed, and to be satisfied in life. Their beginnings should be filled with the beauty of how right words help them grow into the kind of people they want to be surrounded by–people who are kind, responsible, and loyal in spite of the fact that all have failings. In thinking through this topic just one of the questions that comes to mind is “What if all little ones were given the right word tools at early ages and protected from words degrading to their growth?”
God of Ages
Understanding words comes at a singular pace for little ones.— Robertatalloni
Poems Published at HubPages
Sprinkling a few of my poems among other articles here has been an inspiriting creative exercise.
These are the first two in my series for grands:
If you are interested in reading all seven grands’ poems just follow the links at the bottom of each post to go through them progressively.
I write on a variety of subjects at HubPages, poetry being only a small part of what I publish. The work involved is worth it, though, and readers have been very kind in their responses. Others I've written are posted in the articles linked below: