Cursive handwriting. Do you remember when you first learned it? I do. It was second grade with Mrs. Pearson. Mrs. Lawrence (our regular teacher) was out on maternity leave, so Mrs. Pearson (the long-term sub) was given the task of showing us seven- and eight-year olds this form of writing used through the ages. She began with swirls, then loops, and finally circles with a flourish. I often wondered in those early days of cursive if we would EVER learn a letter.

Now that I teach second grade I teach cursive. In fact I am planning to begin teaching this year's class fairly soon. Every year I am reminded how important it is teach this old style of writing by teachers and parents who tell me how their kids need to be able to read old documents or letters from Grandma. I like to teach it. The kids think it is fun to be able to do something that "adults" can do and they readily take pencil in hand to master the craft.

"I will open my mouth in parables,

I will utter hidden things, things from of old-

what we have heard and known,

what our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children;

we will tell the next generation

the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,

his power, and the wonders he has done."

--Psalm 78:2-4

Cursive is hardly the wonders that God has done. But Asaph is saying that there are important things for us to pass on to the next generation. "The hidden things from of old" and those things of God "our fathers told us." The Israelites were and are a people who take care to pass on their history. They have the oral traditions they pass on and also the written Law and Prophets that they cherish and share with their children. These are the things that they "will not hide from their children" or "the next generation."

We, too, are called to do the same. We are to pass on to the next generation what we have seen and heard from the previous generation of the Lord. We are not to hide it from them. In fact Jesus tells us to let our lights shine and not to hide it under a bowl. We must tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. The most praiseworthy being Him sending His only Son to die that we might live. Paul says that we must pass this on as of first importance.

Even more important than passing on cursive handwriting.


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