Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 Days of Repetitive Parenting: Day 14 "Jesus Loves Me!"

Our newborn Cupcake in 2009!
Since each of our children were babes all swaddled up in my arms, I have sung "Jesus Loves Me" to them.  I still sing this lullaby to Cupcake on a nearly daily basis.  The sweetest refrain occurs when she sings a long:

Jesus loves me this I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong,
They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
The Bible tells me so.

I love when Cupcake asks to "rock" and gives me a list of her requests as we snuggle in the rocking chair before nap or bed time.  Usually, she wants to hear, "rockababy" (Rock A Bye Baby) and Jesus Loves Me.

There is nothing more precious to me than when she sings along in that little sleepy voice to Jesus Loves Me.

There is so much depth to that seemingly simple song.  Through these lyrics, our kids have learned several important doctrines of Christianity:  Jesus loves them.  They are God's children.  They are weak.  Jesus is strong.  The Bible is the place to discover theses truths.

As our kids have grown older our music has grown with them.  No longer do I sing "Jesus Loves Me" with our teens on a road trip to the shore.  Rather, we enjoy listening to these same doctrinal truths with a little more rock-n-roll.  Some of our favorite contemporary Christian rock bands are Relient K, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Switchfoot, Newsboys and Jars of Clay.

One particular song, Getting Into You, from Relient K reminds us again of God's love for us.  Here are some of the lyrics: 

When I made up my mind
And my heart along with that
To live not for myself
But yet for God, somebody said
Do you know what you are getting yourself into?

I'm getting into you
Because you got to me, in a way words can't describe
I'm getting into you
Because I've got to be
You're essential to survive
I'm going to love you with my life

I've been a liar and I'll never amount to
The kind of person you deserve to worship you
You say you will not dwell on what I did but rather what I do
You say I love you and that's what you are getting yourself into

He said, I love you and that's what you are getting yourself into

So, whether I'm cuddling with Cupcake while singing a lullaby or rockin' it out with my teens in the mini-van, the message is still the same and worth repeating the chorus, "Jesus Love Me!"

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