The boys memorize Psalm 103 and get paid (plus a few other bits)
Here’s a small indication of how the last six days or so have gone:
- We should receive the biopsy today of the nodule that was rooted into my husband’s abdominal wall.
- My mom is now home from the hospital, though she’s on oxygen 24/7, blood thinners, and clot-busting injections.
In more cheery news, when our pastor and his wife came over to pray for Martin on Thursday, I suggested to Grant and Ethan that they quote Psalm 103 for him. They had memorized the whole chapter — all 22 verses — and I know that Scripture memorization is a high value for our pastor. He was duly impressed. The next day, he called to ask if the boys could stand in front of the congregation on Sunday and say it. Ethan, my oldest, who typically avoids the limelight, was hesitant. Grant, who does everything he can to stay IN the limelight, was all for it. Ethan finally agreed, and they did it!
The only real hiccup was that their plan was to stand next to each other and nudge the other after 2-4 verses, to say, “Hey! It’s your turn now.” But, Pastor Dennis positioned himself between the two boys, disabling the nudging plan. Grant started, and said eight verses, then Ethan did the next eight. Both Ethan and I thought that Grant would then say three or four of the remaining six verses, but he ended up finishing it out.
At the end, Pastor Dennis surprised all of us by presenting each boy with $10.00!
I also thought it was really cool, because as I was praying for the boys just beforehand, outside, I spoke 1 Timothy 4:12 over them:
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
That morning, as Pastor Dennis spoke, his main text was 1 Timothy 4:13-16!
So… anyways… one doesn’t typically memorize Scripture to get paid, nor even to “show off” — but I’m glad that the boys were honored, and their accomplishment celebrated, and held up as an example, AND that they got ten bucks out of the deal!