I had to share this. Recently, Zoe, a 7 year old girl at our church, had a playground accident and broke her arm. She was brave and endured the pain. Her 8 year old brother, Jack, helped to get the ambulance and even got Zoe a stuffed animal so she would be comforted. That alone is enough to make any parent proud! Before the ambulance left for the hospital Jack said to his sister- “Don’t worry Zoe, by His stripes we are healed.”
This is what I call the parental payoff. Jack and Zoe’s parents are faithful Christians. I know that they have spent time trying to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to their children. They are also “normal” – which means I am sure at times they wondered if anything is getting through. Here, in a crisis moment, their son Jack recalled 1 Peter 2:24, and comforted his sister with truth from God’s Word. What a joy!
As a parent who sometimes wonders if his children are receiving the spiritual instruction given to them I was greatly encouraged by this family. If anything it reminds us to continue to train up our children in the instruction of the Lord. I wonder if my brother was laid up in an ambulance if I would have thought to use 1 Peter 2:24 as encouragement. I will now. Thanks Jack and Zoe!