How to Make a Man Cry—Memorize

BibleI’ve always taught my children to memorize the Bible. I think it is good for their spirits, good for their souls, and even good for their bodies, if they heed it.

People seldom made me memorize anything until I was fourteen, but I remember much of it, today. I want my grown children to have lots and lots of the Word hiding in their hearts, and they do. It was worth all the work, just for that benefit.

Several times, though, we realized a different benefit.

I always had my children recite their memory work during our homeschool closing programs. It always was a large Scripture portion, such as The Book of James or The Letters to the Seven Churches. One night, when they recited Hebrews 11, “The Faith Chapter”, one preacher in attendance asked if we could recite it again, at his church, during the normal worship time.

After that presentation, a man remarked to me that it was such a great essay and wondered if I had written it, or where he could get a copy of it. Hmm.

I assured him I am not that great a writer, that it had been a selection from Scripture. He was astonished, said he’d never read anything that good in the Bible before. I gave him the reference. He marveled and promised he would go home and read it again, with the children’s voices still sounding in his ears, and seek for more meaning. Hmm.

But another time tops this. One night my children recited “The Sermon on the Mount”. Our youngest bravely wanted to help recite and assured me he could, although he was only seven at the time. I wondered at the wisdom of it, but knew the audience would forgive a flawed recitation from one so young. I knew this, especially since he desired to recite solo the entire parable of “The Wise and Foolish Builders”.

As the presentation progressed, I felt good about it. My children were totally prepared for this and giving, truly, one of their best recitals. However, as they neared the end, and my young son’s solo, he began to waver. After several bobbles, though, he collected himself and made it through to the end.

Bravo, Darling.

Later, I asked him what was wrong, what made him fearful. He replied, “When I saw that man in the audience crying, I thought I was doing a bad job.”

Further checking revealed this man in a rumpled suit, slumped down in his pew and openly mopping tears from a crumpled face, was the back-slidden relative of one of our group.

Oh, the power in the voice of a young child reciting Scripture! A grown man weeping to hear it, a churched man desiring to read it, what more could a mother want for reward?

Only this: that they would remember it, walk in it, and turn and teach it to their own.

Another story in this series here!

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

7 thoughts on “How to Make a Man Cry—Memorize

  1. Aw, I loved this story so much that you’ve succeeded in making a grown woman cry today. We memorized tons of scriptures growing up in a Christian school. I would quote them to myself anytime I got scared in bed at night. Once, while working at Applebee’s in my 30s, there was a violent storm outside. The bartender was so scared she almost couldn’t function. I wrote down the words I had memorized 20 years earlier, from Psalm 91. She thanked me deeply, so I really hope it helped ease her spirit that day and on into the future.

    1. Hello, Friend!!! Long time since we communicated, Amy!
      Thanks for reading and commenting, here! Hoping all is well with you! I truly appreciate your words and how your comment adds to the story.
      I’ve often said that going to church does not make a person a Christian. However, it is also true that the well-educated child is like a decorated Christmas tree, waiting to be plugged in. Once we find the Source of Light, we shine like the stars of the universe! ❤
      Keep shining, is my wish for you! ❤

      1. Yes, I was trying to sign up for email notifications from a WordPress blog, and it said I had all WordPress notifications turned off! I must have done that years ago when I was trying to cut the clutter from my inbox. I turned them back on, and immediately, I received a collection of blog posts from your website and three others. I guess they’re the only ones I’m still following that have been active over the last couple of years. Anyway, I enjoyed sifting through them, but this one caught my eye. 🙂
        You’re still shining bright. I’m hoping to get back to blogging soon. 🙂

        1. Aww…thanks for the complement! I got all out of sync when all my kids graduated home AND college and then married, one right after the other, and I was tired. Ha! Also I was no longer home educating, hubs was laid off for turning 50, and we moved, job-related, since he found a new job in the next state. ALSO, we were having grandkids right and left and moved back to the home state and hubs retired and took a retirement job and … it’s complicated! Now with 17 grands and in our 70’s we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel—that is, the light of the Lord’s magnificence. ❤
          I’m continuing blogging, too, but this place is a mess. I truly have trouble figuring it all out anymore. SO MANY changes! Ha! I’ve begun recycling some content and writing new things at Medium dot com. It pays…so far breaking even or a bit more. I’m so glad you drew my attention to this post b/c it’s one that would transfer easily over there!
          May your new efforts be blessed! xoxo

          1. Aw, I’m so happy to hear that you are doing so well in this season of life! What is your home state, btw? You can email me at amyleebell@hotmail.com if you don’t want to post that publicly. I’m going to be doing some traveling over the next few months. I would love to meet you if we swing through your area. 🙂

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