Letters + Words

— Dana

Naomi started showing an interest in learning the alphabet when she was a year and a half. For the last six months, we’ve been eager to follow her lead and practice as often as we can. When we go for walks in the afternoon, Naomi can recognize and recite a variety of letters on road signs, billboards and passing car license plates. While running errands, she correctly points out each character on boxes, bags and magazines. It always surprises me when she guesses the correct type. She is not 100% accurate, but Aaron and I really haven’t spent the time to formally practiced with flash cards…nor have we bought any reading programs to advance her learning capabilities. So, any knowledge she’s acquired is by the grace of God and not by our own efforts.

Teaching Naomi the alphabet just seems like an ordinary and expected step in helping her grow and develop. However, the other day, I started to feel like it was a privilege to guide her in learning the ABCs. Singing the alphabet and spotting letters during the day is so much more than a little song.

All the letters lead to something bigger.

One day, these letters will become real words for Naomi. These small, insignificant words will become sentences…and then lead to paragraphs. Paragraphs lead to pages. Before we know it, the pages will lead to books. Out of all the books in the world, I desire our daughter to read, memorize and love the Word of God. I want Naomi to treasure God’s truth in her heart and find comfort for her soul in the books of the Bible.

In order for this to happen, she must learn letters.

So, I feel a deeper conviction to intentionally sit down with Naomi to practice the alphabet these days. When I do this, I’m going to ask God to take these little letters and turn them into words and sentences and paragraphs. In the hopes that one day she will know the God who is “The Word”.

John 1:1-5 (New Living Translation)

“In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He [Jesus] existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.”