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So love GOD, your God;
       guard well his rules and regulations;
       obey his commandments for the rest of time.


Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorposts and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that GOD promised to give your ancestors for as long as there is a sky over the Earth. ~ Deuteronomy 11:1, 18-21, MSG

Point your kids in the right direction—
    when they’re old they won’t be lost. ~ Proverbs 22:6, MSG



Up the
down escalator
they ran;
two children:
Night – Day,
playing tag—
you’re it!

                   Laughing loud
                   disturbing nothing,
                   no one;
                   loving life,
                   each other,
                   the game,
                   time together,
                   in public!

                                                Eyes stared,
                                                heads shook,
                                                brows creased
                                                mouths canceled
                                                the joy,
                                                the fun,
                                                good time
                                                rushing up
                                                the down
                                                escalator produced!

Shamefully stunned
by the
name Night
was called,
two children
stopped and
turned toward
each other.

                     Faces reddened—
                     one visible
                     the other
                     not noticeable.

                                                 Worried they
                                                 ran to
                                                 labeled parts
                                                 of store
                                                 where their
                                                 mothers instructed:
                                                 Play here!


~ from My Spirit’s Musing manuscript