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Monday, August 18, 2008

Pagan Virtues -- Devotion

Monday, August 18, 2008
In my continuing series on Pagan virtues we come to Devotion. So what is devotion? I define it as the following and worshiping of the Gods, and all that that entails. I have recently talked on the importance of faith and I believe that faith is an important part of devotion. For if we do not have faith how can we have devotion. It would be worshiping Gods that we do not believe in.
Yet how are children supposed to learn devotion? Here are some ideas to try:
  • Have them look for the Gods in all things
  • Pray regularly (and if they are old enough then have them meditate regularly)
  • Include them in your own personal worship
  • Read to them about mythology
I say the first because they must learn to recognize the touch of the Gods on the world and the secrets that they whisper to us. If they cannot see Them then they cannot follow Them. This is also part of the fourth on the list, they must know the Gods and their stories if they are to worship and follow them.
The other two are pretty self explanatory. It is simply encouraging the act of worship. Devotion and faith will often follow from these things.
So what things do all of you do to encourage devotion in your children?
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