If you want to raise your children to know and love Jesus, then a regular rhythm of blessing may prove to be a helpful habit of grace.
How can I meaningfully bless my children before bedtime? I love this question. It’s from a dad named Wes. “Hello, Pastor John. My question is about blessing my children. I have three boys, six and under. Among the household duties that I regularly assume is bedtime. I have, since each was born, sang ‘Jesus Loves Me’ to them every night, thousands of times, inserting their names into the lyrics. I am stunned at the impact this little song has. Even when a child is melting down and revolting against being put to bed, they will not let me skip the song. Additionally, I pray for each son.
“Now, I have decided to give each of my boys a blessing. It will be given to them nightly and must be theologically rich, since it will be memorized by them through the years. There are so many biblical truths I want them to understand and carry into adulthood. I cannot seem to find the right words or Scriptures to incorporate them all. If you were writing (or selecting) a blessing for your son to carry throughout his life, how would you do it, and maybe more specifically, what truths would you want them to hear every night?”