Moms, I am excited for our generation of children. It’s easy to hyper-focus on the evil in our society, but the more Satan tries to twist the truth the more refined it becomes. Our kids are growing up in a revival of love for the truth. Out of that revival beautiful treasures are being born – resources that will help us parent according to scripture.
One of those resources is just being released today (9/23). Keith and Kristyn Getty have released their new album, “Getty Kids Hymnal: In Christ Alone.” I was thrilled to get a sneak peek at this project. As my four boys and I gathered around to hear the first strains of worship, I literally felt like we were opening a treasure chest. I want to share with you three reasons why this album instantly became part of the Wallace home.
So much of today’s kids’ music is like candy – fun, but overall not very beneficial. The Getty Kids Hymnal is a full, satisfying meal – something that will actually nourish our children and help them grow. Every word is purposeful, driving our kids’ hearts deeper into an understanding of what we believe. In fact, that’s the name of one of my favorite songs on the album: “We Believe.” The words are taken from the Apostles’ Creed, which my kids hear regularly from the pulpit on Sunday. Now those words can resonate in their hearts throughout the day set to the beautiful melody on this album. Keith says, “The words we sing when we’re young are the words that stick with us.” Let’s make those words count.
Although it’s called a “kids” hymnal, this is truly an album for the whole family. For me, the test of a good kids’ album is if I pop it in just for myself even when the kids aren’t around. Last night when I was cleaning the kitchen I turned on the track “Living Waters.” It was exactly what I needed to hear at the end of a long, full day. It fed my soul, lifted my spirits, and made it hard for me to see the dishes through my tears. Solid theology set to masterfully written music is what will make this collection go down in history. And I have to say, I am in love with the Irish flare.
When my boys saw this picture of the sweet Getty girls dancing they said, “Can those girls come here and dance with us?” The joy from the album is contagious. It has a celebratory vibe that reminds us of our hope and joy in Christ. Keith and Kristyn wanted to create a legacy of timeless music that we can pass on for generations to come. That’s exactly what they did.
I love knowing that this music points my kids to Christ and not to themselves. Whether they are old enough to know it or not, their hearts are soaking up beautiful truths about Jesus. The songs are not about how Jesus makes us feel, but about who Jesus is. What a beautiful gift to give our kids – to show them that Jesus is alive, that He saves, that He restores, feeds, and protects us. There is nothing I want more for my kids than to know this winsome savior.
If we teach our kids God’s word when they are young it will stay in their hearts forever. I am thankful to the Getty’s for helping equip parents to teach the gospel to their children. Our kids might not understand all of it yet, but I agree with Kristyn: “It will be there when they need it.” Isaiah 55:11 says, “My word shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” God’s word is alive. I can’t wait to see what it does in the hearts of my kids.