Strong words from a 19th century preacher:
"The nursery is moral and spiritual.
The first and religious training of the child belongs to the nursery, and is the work of the mother.
Upon her personal exhibition of truth, justice, virtue, etc. depends the same moral elements in the character of her child. In the nursery we receive our first lessons in virtue or in vice, in honesty or dishonesty, in truth or in falsehood, in purity or in corruption. The full-grown man is the matured child morally as well as physically and intellectually. The same may be said of the spiritual formation and growth of the child. Spiritual culture belongs eminently to the nursery. There the pious parent should begin the work of her child's salvation.
From what we have now seen of the nursery, we may infer its very common abuse by Christian parents in various ways. They abuse it either by forsaking its duties, or giving it over to nurses. The whole subject warns parents against giving over their children to dissolute nurses.
What a blushing shame and disgrace to the very name of Christian mother, it is for her to throw the whole care and responsibility of the nursery upon hired and irreligious servants. And why is this so often done? To relieve the mother from the trouble of her children, and afford her time and opportunity to mingle unfettered in the giddy world of fashionable dissipation. In circles of opulent society it would now be considered a drudgery and a disgrace for mothers to attend upon the duties of this responsible department of home.
But the nurse cannot be a substitute for mother."
--Rev. Samuel Phillips, The Christian Home
He goes on to say that both parents are both responsible for a child's upbringing and how we must not neglect these duties, especially in the Christian home. I pause and ponder the many ways children are neglected today and it just breaks my heart. While it might not be with nurses, there are other ways parents shirk their responsibilities.
With the surge of technology, I think it is even easier for parents to be distanced. We must be vigilant to protect the four walls of precious home and not grow comfortable living like everyone else. Heaven is our home. Not this world. We are strangers here and we must keep our children's eyes on the eternal!
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to do our best to raise our children in a godly manner, sacrificing to bring them spiritual food, which is your Word, and not starving them in place of our comfort and pleasure. Thank you for more time to do this and to get it right. Please give us wisdom throughout the day as we live your Word out, too. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.
What other ways do you think we might "hand over" our responsibilities to others?
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