The Word of God
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.
I have said before that the greatest role model in a child’s life are parents who follow Jesus Christ. That can be a single parent, grandparents raising their grandchildren or any care giver of a child.
We have to ensure that the christian faith will continue past our on earthly journeys. As the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said “The Church is only one generation away from death.”
So how are we a role model to the faith? How do we teach our young people the importance of our heavenly Father. By example. Be careful to show them who God is in our lives. Is he a piece, or in total control. One thing he cannot be is meaningless and everything at the same time. Show them the sacrifice of giving time, talent and treasure in service to God.
Children learn best from the examples we set for them. Be guarded in who or what rules your life. Make a point to read scripture with them and talk about what they are discerning from it. Get them involved. It will form their life on the rock of our salvation.