Have you ever sat down and started to read the Bible to your child. Starting in the new testament, you might realize, it can be a little traumatizing. Even for myself, I wince often reading some of the things that had happened back then. So, how do you share this with your children?
My very close friend, Inni Bug, started reading the new testament to her children. When she got to this part:
Herod was furious when he learned that the astrologers had disobeyed him. Sending soldiers to Bethlehem, he order them to kill every baby boy two years old and under, both in the town and on the nearby farms, for the astrologers had told him the star first appeared to them two years before. This brutal action of Herod’s fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah, “Screams of anguish come from Ramah, Weeping unrestrained; Rachel weeping for her children, Uncomforted–For they are dead.”
How do you even begin to read that to a child, let alone explain all of that. It tugs at my heart-strings, as it did with Inni Bug. So, when she read this to her children, Ball Bug, (her son), “Mom, did he really kill a bunch of baby boys?”
Talk about being stumped. So, Inni Bug brings this up to me. Of course, we need to teach our children about the birth of Jesus, and the other history behind it. But, how do you begin to paraphrase this so it does not traumatize your child. Yes, there are books you can get, however, there is something to be said about a parent telling the story themselves.
So, homework for today…What are your thoughts on this. Have you had the same problem before? Are you having this problem now? Leave your comments and or concerns below. Let’s get this ball rolling!!!