Abigail Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, the nations sixth President, and son the nations second President, John Adams.
Expressed the following sentiments, “What is it that affectionate parents require of their children; for all their care, anxiety, and toil on their accounts? Only that they would be wise and virtuous, Benevolent and and kind,” Abigail Adams, 1783.
Mom’s dearest wish helped along:”Hear o Israel: The LORD our God, LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words, which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and you rise up. You shall bind them for a sign upon your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them upon the doorposts of your house, and on your gates,” Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
What is are frontlets? In biblical times an ornamental cloth hanging over the upper part of the altar. Later a piece of apparel worn on the forehead by people. In ancient wars a harness placed on the head of a horse. A frontlet is a identification mark that is meant to make a statement.
Such marks can declare individuality or collectiveness as one. Reaching us today in so many different ways. The point being, what fronlet distinguishes us! If one wears a cross, it should be a declaration of oneness with Christ. A very silent way of announcing to a lost world, “You must be born again.”
Bumper stickers are fronlets, as are coded sticky notes.
Here’s a beauty, especially for parents engaged in the challenge of parenting, patience’s. Here’s a biblical definition, “But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance,” Romans 8:25. Later in this discussion, you’ll see that it was the lesson that Mary and Joseph learned.
Parenting is challengingly, specially if the kid is a bit unusual. But persevere because within that unusualness, if the child is allowed to bloom may come accomplishments unimaginable. “And the child grew, and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. … And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And as they had fulfilled the days as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother new not of it. But they supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintances. And they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers both hearing them and asking questions. And all that heard him were amazed at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were astonished; and his mother said unto him, Son, “Why have you thus dealt with us? Behold! Your father and I have sought you sorrowing.” And he said to them, “How is it that you sought me? Know you not that I must be about my Father’s business?” And they understood not the saying which he spoke to them,” Luke 2:40-50.
Because in the end, all parents, like Abigail want the same ending.