History

One of my most treasured books, after the Bible, was given to us by David’s grandmother. She gave us a collection of old books from his grandfather’s library.

My favorite? “History of the United States of America” by Henry William Elson, PH.D., LITT.D. published in 1910.

Why? It was written before the 1930’s. That was back when all schools used the “New England Primer.”

An interesting thing has happened in history classes since the 1930’s. The history lesson I was taught did not agree with the history lesson my parents learned. The lessons my children learned were different from both versions.

Every 7 or 8 years, schools are sold “new” history textbooks. The conclusions drawn in the “new” books are different from the books printed 20 years ago,

We are doing our schoolchildren a disservice when we omit events in history, pretend they didn’t happen, or gloss over the horrors. There are hidden lessons in history. If we don’t learn from our great-great-grandparents lives, we are destined to repeat the mistakes.

Psalms 78:1-4, “O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past – stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.” New Living Translation

There are hidden lessons in the Bible. That is why it is so important to read it every day and teach them to our children.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for the Bible. Many men paid a horrible price to bring it to the common people. I am grateful it is being translated into every language on earth. I pray for the translators. Make them successful and protect them.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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