Family Resources for Bishop's Year of the Bible

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It can be challenging to know how to read the Scriptures for ourselves, let alone with young children. The key is believing that when we hear (or read) the Scriptures we can encounter Jesus Christ. He can be present to us. This was Bishop Boyea’s intention for initiating this Year of the Bible. But how can we help children encounter the Lord through his word, to wonder at God’s majesty and the amazing gifts he has given us? While they may not understand every word, children are often struck by the beauty of the words of Scripture and by imagery related to the world around them and the greatness and love of God. A meditative reading of a verse or two each day, along with a few contemplative questions can be the beginning of a lifetime of meditating on the word of God.

If you have a prayer corner in your home, you may wish to light a candle there before a sacred image. Or if your children are as wiggly as mine, a few minutes during breakfast or dinner can ensure a captive audience. Choose verses with striking images—like stars, animals, angels—or with glorious language praising God. Read from a real Bible if possible, not an app or a printout. After reading the verses aloud, pause, then ask a meditative question about the reading—I wonder what makes God’s word so sweet? or What is it like when a light shines in the darkness?

If even a short daily reading feels daunting, here’s an idea that has made it easy for us, despite a passel of squirrely boys: I recently heard of an old Jewish custom of giving children a taste of honey while reading the words of Scripture. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:103) After incorporating this into our daily Scripture reading, my children now remind me each day that it’s time for “Honey and the Bible”!

It’s easy to underestimate a young child’s capacity for God, to think we need to wait till the age of reason when they can better understand. But these little ones have a tremendous capacity to wonder at God’s love and power and the gifts he’s given us. As they internalize the words of Scripture, they are laying a foundation for a lifetime of prayer and love for God.

Other Weeks of Family Resources for Year of the Bible:

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  5. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 5
  6. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 6 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 1/3/21
  7. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 7 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 1/10/21
  8. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 8 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 1/17/21
  9. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 9 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 1/24/21
  10. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 10 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 1/31/21
  11. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 11 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 2/7/21
  12. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 12 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 2/14/21
  13. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 13 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 2/21/21
  14. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 14 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 2/28/21
  15. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 15 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 3/7/21
  16. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 16 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 3/14/21
  17. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 17 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 3/21/21
  18. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 18 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 3/28/21
  19. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 19 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 4/4/21
  20. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 20 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 4/11/21
  21. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 21 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 4/18/21
  22. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 22 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 4/25/21
  23. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 23 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 5/2/21
  24. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 24 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 5/9/21
  25. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 25 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 5/16/21
  26. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 26 BEGINNING SUNDAY, 5/23/21
  27. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 27 BEGINNING SUNDAY 5/30/21
  28. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 28 BEGINNING SUNDAY 6/6/21
  29. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 29 BEGINNING SUNDAY 6/13/21
  30. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 30 BEGINNING SUNDAY 6/20/21
  31. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 31 BEGINNING SUNDAY 6/27/21
  32. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 32 BEGINNING SUNDAY 7/4/21
  33. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 33 BEGINNING SUNDAY 7/11/21
  34. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 34 BEGINNING SUNDAY 7/18/21
  35. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 35 BEGINNING SUNDAY 7/25/21
  36. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 36 BEGINNING SUNDAY 8/1/21
  37. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 37 BEGINNING SUNDAY 8/8/21
  38. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 38 BEGINNING SUNDAY 8/15/21
  39. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 39 BEGINNING SUNDAY 8/22/21
  40. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 40 BEGINNING SUNDAY 8/29/21
  41. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 41 BEGINNING SUNDAY 9/5/21
  42. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 42 BEGINNING SUNDAY 9/12/21
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  44. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 44 BEGINNING SUNDAY 9/26/21
  45. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 45 BEGINNING SUNDAY 10/3/21
  46. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 46 BEGINNING SUNDAY 10/10/21
  47. Family Resources for Year of the Bible WEEK 47 BEGINNING SUNDAY 10/17/21