About four of five months ago, Larry and I started realizing whenever we read CC books that he had actually started memorizing a lot of the sentences. After reading a book to him a few times, he was usually able to finish the sentences for us. In my excitement I began to teach him the text of Psalm 23. After all, if he’s going to be memorizing things, I’d rather have him memorize the Word of God rather than “Night is to moon as beach is to fun.”
I was amazed at how quickly he learned. He now knows the first two verses, although I still have to start each phrase for him. Sure, it’s just rote memorization and at this age he probably has no idea what he’s saying…or does he?
Yesterday, as Larry and I were taking CC out for walk, we were busy discussing our financial situation while CC sat quietly in his stroller and enjoyed the scenery. Larry was giving me a report on the break down of our expenses for the year and we were discussing ways we could modify our spending. In the midst of our adult conversation, CC pipes up and says, “I will lack nothing!” Then he proceeded to call on the Lord and say amen (very loudly) as we continued walking down the street. Both Larry and I were taken aback and looked at each other in disbelief at what our son had just said. We smiled at each other and quickly dropped our talk about money and joined our son in calling and praising the Lord, although it was hard for us to match CC’s fervor and volume in public. Like the good book says, “Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, He has established praise.” This I’ve definitely learned from my son, that we should always be bold to proclaim the Lord’s name and to praise Him unashamedly, even when walking down the streets of Berkeley.