The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Ten Commandments for children

'I decided to write down Rules of Life but soon recalled someone had already done that in stone, in the language of a loving parent'

One night I decided to write down the "Rules of Life" I intended to enforce in the morning (see also page 8).

I soon recalled that someone already had done that--on stone tablets, with numbers. So I typed up those ancient words and taped them to the children's bedroom doors. My mother's ear hears much love in these Ten Commandments. I understand this language of a loving parent: "Don't hurt yourself, child. It will hurt me even more."

But the ancient words aren't easy for children to understand. So I added practical illustrations of how each commandment might apply to the modern lives of my kids--and yours.

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