In the Spring of 2013, I spent months compiling verse recommendations from friends and family for Sing the Bible. One of the very last suggestions I received came in the actual mail… from my mother. I opened the envelope, and found inside, penned onto a small purple leaf of paper, John 13:34-35.
It was the same handwriting that I’ve seen inside a birthday card every year I can remember. It was the handwriting from childhood permission slips and love notes slipped inside brown bag lunches. It was Santa’s handwriting. And now it said,
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35
The verse was so perfect for a song that it practically wrote itself. But how should we talk with our kids about this one? For busy parents looking for Scripture nuggets to feed our kids, this verse is so straightforward it is easy to skim. “Sure, sure. Jesus loves me, so I should love others. Got it. What else you got?”
But if we only look for a moment more… “As I have loved you…” How many of us walk through our lives ready to wash the feet of our friends? How many of us truly think of the good of others before our own comfort? This verse is a bucket of cold water to my face every time I read it or sing it because of how often I think of myself first.
Unless you are ready to receive buckets of grace for your utter lack of obedience to this verse, don’t bring this one up to your kids. They will totally bust you. You’ll either have to pretend like you think this way all the time, or you’ll have to come clean. I recommend coming clean, by the way. It’s a great way to enter the conversation about living with the Holy Spirit, and looking to Jesus and depending on him every day. Clearly, we can’t do this “love one another” stuff on our own.
More about that conversation in our next post. Check back in a day or so… and thanks for stopping by. You can click on the CD cover below to check out our Slugs & Bugs store.
This post is the tenth in a series on our new CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. All the lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk with their kids about each passage on the CD.
This post is the fifth in a series on our new Slugs & Bugs CD Sing the Bible with Slugs & Bugs. The lyrics to Sing the Bible are word-for-word Scripture. I hope this series helps parents talk and think with their kids about each passage.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
- Philippians 4:4-8
This is such a big verse.* There is so much to think about – I’m going to come back to it again later in the series. Also, I actually haven’t talked with my kids about this one yet. But I’ll tell you how I plan to start.
“The Lord is near.” To me, the rest of the passage revolves around those four words, so I’d love to get them thinking about why Paul includes those words. Sometimes we’ll talk about God by trying to imagining the most trustworthy, most patient, most forgiving, most loving and most wise person possible. If you knew someone like that, that always made the best decisions for you and everyone else, and you had their cell phone number, and they always picked it up when you called, how would that change your “hearts and minds” during the day? Would you develop a habit based on your confidence in him? How would that change stressful situations?
You can see where this is going. The Lord is near, and that can make all the difference, if we dare to turn and trust him in our daily moments.
As Christ followers, this “peace of Christ” is our birthright. It is the doorway to rejoicing in all circumstances, and I’d love for my kids to start the journey of realizing that truth right now. The Lord knows I’m still learning it.
*For those that don’t know, the Scripture reader on this verse is the most gifted and lovely Sally Lloyd-Jones (Jesus Storybook Bible, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing). Her newest children’s book is delightful, titled Poor Doreen: A Fishy Tale.
This Bible verse is one of my favorites. In a post last week, I explained why. Click here to read the backstory.
Today, I’m just going to let you hear the song. This was one of the first I wrote for the Slugs & Bugs all-Scripture CD, and I can’t wait to see what goodness Ben Shive comes adds to it in the studio this June.
And don’t forget, we’re in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to help crowd-fund this CD, so click here to pre-order your copy or share this link http://kck.st/14xzPpB to spread the word to friends!
Friends, I’d like to hear your opinion, as I work on the Lord’s Prayer song for the upcoming Slugs & Bugs Scripture CD. Most of the songs on the CD will appeal to a wide age range. Say, from 7 to 77. But I’ve written just a few that are geared toward little bitty kids. The Lords Prayer is one of these. It has a very simple melody that my 5 year old loves to sing.
As you may know, there are two different versions of the Lord’s Prayer in the New Testament; one in Matthew and one in Luke. And as I’ve been making artistic decisions based on making it rich for pre-schoolers, I’m either being tempted or inspired to combine the two – taking parts from Matthew and parts from Luke and make Frankenstein’s version of the Lord’s Prayer.
Here are the two versions from the ESV –
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.[d]
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,[b]
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”
The main issue is whether to sing “forgive us our debts” or “forgive us our sins”. I’m really leaning toward using mostly Matthew’s version but replacing the debt language with Luke’s sin language. Anyone have a problem with that? Essentially, the kids would be learning a version of the Lord’s Prayer that does not actually exist.
The reasoning, of course, is that “forgive my sin” might mean more to an average 4 year old than “forgive my debt”. Though I know children don’t always need to understand what they are singing, I’m still leaning toward mixing the language for their sake. Please weigh in if you have thoughts.
What would you like to see in a Slugs & Bugs App?
Right now, talented App creators are deep within the bowels of their App manufacturing facility, hammering and torching and carving and whittling all the materials required to create the world’s first Slugs & Bugs app. Within a month, it could be resting easily inside your Apple device. Other platforms will be available in the not-too-distant future.
At first, the App will have a music player and access to Slugs & Bugs videos (more than the videos on youtube), as well as posts from the Slugs & Bugs blog. You’ll be able to see tour dates and receive the monthly Slugs & Bugs Bacon. After that, we’re just dreaming…
With an App, it’s like those imaginary dream cities in Inception. You can just keep building. If you’ve got the budget, you can add endless amounts of cool content to your App, from games to learning tools to choose-your-own-adventure style picture books. What I want to know is, what would YOU like to see.
Your scripture suggestions for the upcoming Slugs & Bugs CD have been fantastic. Many of them have turned into some of my favorite songs so far. So dream big, imagine away, and let us know what you think we should be dreaming about for the Slugs & Bugs App!
We’re working on putting together a new Slugs & Bugs website right now, with a launch sometime in January. That website will have many cool new features, the coolest of which will be – it won’t take long to open.
I could fry an egg in the time it takes the current Slugs & Bugs website to open. Don’t go there. You will grow older.
But one of the other cool features of the new website will be a “songs” page that gives the lyrics and chords to each of the songs. Incidentally, if any of you have any cool ideas for a Slugs & Bugs website, I’d LOVE to hear them asap.
I tell you all this because today’s post is a response to multiple requests for lyrics to Mexican Rhapsody. All the lyrics are printed in the CD jacket of Slugs & Bugs Under Where? (affectionately known as “the green CD”), but they do not come with a digital download. So, for your listening while reading pleasure, here’s them lyrics.
(Cheese dip, cheese dip)(Cheese dip, cheese dip)
Chips and salsa, chips and salsaGee, I wanna chicken enchilada
Gee, I wanna chicken enchilada
Guacamole, guacamolePut it on my chicken chimichanga
Put it on my chicken chimichangaSteak fajita hold the sour cream
Jalepeño peppers on my nachos!
Rice and beans, a bit of shredded cheese
And some pico de gallo, please
what does “pico de gallo” mean?Beak of the rooster
Beak of the rooster
Sounds kinda pointy!
I don’t want to eat that!
Rooster rooster rooster
Youre the cock-a-doodle-dooster
Of the walk-a-doodle-dooster don’t you know
Keep up that cock-a-doodle keeping
While the neighborhood is sleeping
And they’re gonna turn your beak into some pico de gallo!
Pico de gallo
Fly rooster fly oh
Oh me oh my
Can roosters even fly?
Yes! But not very far.(Cheese dip, cheese dip)(Cheese dip, cheese dip)
Taco salad, taco saladIn a crunchy bowl of corn tortilla
How I love a bowl that you can eat-a!Steak fajita hold the sour cream
Jalepeño peppers on my nachos!
Huevos burrito, special number five
Huevos! Huevos! What are those?
Huevos! Huevos! What are those?Eggs! Scrambled eggs!
Grade A eggs!
Huevos are eggs!
Huevos are eggs!…Huevos are eggs!