“Of course,” I replied. And, then she proceeded to describe the vision she was formulating of her one-day room. She talked about a picture of “Mary with Baby Jesus”, one of “grown up Jesus”, and one of…
As my daughter told me about each of the images she wanted to place in her room, I said a silent prayer of thanks. I had not brought up the idea of her room nor of how she might decorate it. She simply had been thinking about it and had opted to share what was on her mind with me. In doing so, she offered me an affirmation I sorely needed that day: I am parenting her the way I feel called to do so – with love, openness, communication and faith. As my daughter continued on, she filled our minds with the most perfect images of all – those of our Lord and Our Mother. With these pictures in mind, we both fell into a peaceful slumber.
As I look back on this heartwarming bedtime, I think about how powerful images can be and how the ones we choose to surround ourselves with not only speak about us but also to us. Every day, as we glance at a painting, a photograph, a sculpture or a poster, part of it seems to be written in both our minds and in our hearts.
Bearing this in mind, I would like to suggest an easy step any of us can take in guiding young children in their faith formation:
Be vigilant about the images we choose to allow into our homes.
We can ask ourselves if all of the images that adorn our abodes are pure, lovely, excellent and worthy of praise. If the answer is no, we can edit those images right out the front door. Likewise, we can make a conscious effort seek out child-friendly images of Jesus, Mary, the Saints and honorable Bible figures to put up in our children’s rooms. Since my children’s births, I have been doing this on a somewhat consistent basis. Now, after my daughter’s bedtime conversation with me, I am inspired to do so with even more dedication.
How about you? Have you and your children selected some inspiring images to beautify their bedroom with? Is there balance between these and whatever other images hang in your home? What do the images around your home say about your family? More importantly, how do they speak to your children’s hearts?