Scripture: Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he (she) should go, and when they are old, they shall not depart from it.”

When I read the theme of our 2020 Lenten Devotional, “Journey to Jesus,” I immediately thought of my own journey, which began with my parents and grandparents. I was blessed to have parents and grandparents who were Christians and who regularly attended church. My parents were charter members of Broad River Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, which later became St. Andrews Baptist Church. If the doors of the church were open, we were there: Sunday School, Morning Worship, Training Union, Evening Worship, Wednesday night dinner and worship, Bible School, Christmas and Easter pageants, etc. Attending church was never viewed as something we had to do, but rather something we looked forward to every week.

One Sunday morning when I was 6 years old, I vividly remember our pastor giving a sermon about accepting our Lord as our Savior. I went home after church and told my parents I wanted to, as we did in the Baptist church, make a public profession of my faith and be baptized. My parents had a discussion with me, and then they told me if I was serious about this that I would need to talk to our pastor that afternoon, which they arranged. That evening I walked down the aisle of that little Baptist church and publicly accepted the Lord as my Savior. The next Sunday I was baptized by total immersion and as the years have gone by, I have never wavered from that decision. Clearly, the understanding of a 6- year-old is very different from that of a 70-year-old, but the basic tenet of what I accepted in 1956 at the young age of 6 has never changed.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord, for Godly parents who teach their children about you and who regularly participate with their children in church activities. We pray that the children in our church will continue their journey with you in the generations to come.

Anne Walker