(Proverbs 3:13, 5:23, 13:24; Col. 3:21)
As I wonder at the wonder of God
I realize how a facade
On the part of parents for their children
Can lead to journeys flawed.
Discipline lacked, folly gained
So what if the small offender complained?
Better that authority has set the bounds
Early in a child’s life
Patterns begun by husband and wife
Correcting with love, careful and swift
Avoids later strife.
“Firm, but kind,” must persist
Or opportunities will be missed
Show in your home the wisdom of God
Correct your progeny with love
Follow the example of the One above
Trust in our Maker, for He knows all
Do it because — He said so.
(Photo: 1800s hornbook in Collins School; Fremont, Indiana)