Making connections naturally

Charlotte Mason said it would happen. Now I’ve seen and heard it for myself. Children will make connections on their own if they are fed with a diet of meaningful, well-written material. Of course, the Bible is THE most meaningful of all texts we could possibly read to our children…so today when #1 made a Bible connection I was a very pleased mother.

We were listening to a CD of songs about Jonah, some from the Veggie Tales movie, others written to fit the topic, when Eli had an epiphany.

“Mommy, you know Jonah is just like that guy that begged for mercy but then he didn’t show mercy to the guy that owed him money.”

He got it! He got the point!


Just for the sake of reference, the story he is referring to is the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, which was told by Jesus and recorded in the Bible in Matthew 18:23-35.

Jonah, like the servant who owed his master an enormous debt, had messed up royally by not obeying God’s orders to go to Nineveh and preach a warning message to the people there. After having  begged for God’s mercy from inside a whale’s belly, he refused to accept the repentance of the Ninevites…complaining to God that He had not been fair by sparing those dreadful sinners.

And it was true, #1 son made this connection entirely on his own. Now I’m just praying he can also live this out and be ready to give and receive mercy.