We sing the same lullaby every. single. night. Here’s why…

Singing a song is part of our bedtime routine. It’s the last thing I do before whispering “I love you” with a kiss and setting my children in bed.

Its my favorite part because my two-year-old drapes himself over me and just melts. These are the best cuddles I get all day. 

We sing the same lullaby every time.

When he was a baby, I sang a variety. Mostly I sang worship songs from my middle school years and the lullabies my own mom sang me when I was young. Songs like …

“Father, I Adore You”

“Twinkle Twinkle Little star”

“Swing low, Sweet chariot”

“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, There’s just something about that name”

I’d sing several a night, willing my son to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Now I only sing one. And it’s the same one every night.

I picked “Jesus loves me”. I figured there’s no message more simple – or more important – than that.

Jesus loves me, this I know

For the Bible tells me so

Little ones to him belong

They are weak, but he is strong

Yes, Jesus loves me

Yes, Jesus loves me

Yes, Jesus loves me

The Bible tells me so

A few months after I started making that particular song part of our nightly ritual, it became his personal anthem. As he always had, he would bust out in song at random times. But now, it would always be “Jesus loves me”.

He knows other songs. He has watched Mother Goose Club on Netflix ad nauseum. We have learned “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” among others. But it has been months of him singing “Jesus Loves Me” and only “Jesus Loves Me”.

And, well, my heart smiles every time I hear him singing it. Because I know the message cannot be spoken to his soul too much. 

When I am writing a sermon, after I get the first draft down, I always ask myself Will this message grow the listener’s love for God and help them better appreciate Jesus’ love for them? If yes, then I know I’m on the right track. If no, then I need a revision.

Scripture, our lives, our purpose … it all comes back to God’s love.

Do I think everyone needs to sing “Jesus Loves Me” every night like we do? Of course not. But it is a good song for children to know. And a well-picked lullaby is a simple way to bring faith into our everyday routines. 

Question for you: What is your go-to lullaby?

 

 

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