The father in the second edition

“The Puritans used to stress that a child is as warm wax: he will bear a seal that is impressed on him throughout his life. Children tend to enjoy the things their parents enjoy. That which makes parents weep tends to make their children weep. Our children absorb the pathos, ethos, emphases, and realities of who we are, by the grace of God; those impressions are imprinted upon them, often without our being aware of it. Thomas Watson said: ‘Love will command honor: and how can a parent but love the child who is his living picture, nay part of himself? The child is the father in the second edition.'”

-Joel Beeke in Parenting By God’s Promises (2011), pp. 57-58


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