Even before our first child, Rebekah, was born, I was playing Bible recordings to her, specifically, Alexander Scourby reading the KJV Bible...on cassettes. Hours and hours of cassettes. After she arrived, I always put her down for a nap or for bedtime with Alexander Scourby playing in the background. My desire was to fill her room and her little spirit with the Word of God.
Later in Rebekah's life, people would comment to us concerning her fine diction. I would laugh, knowing fully well she did not pick it up from me or her dad. I began wondering just how she did develop that skill. Slowly, it dawned on me that for years she had listened to the precise, Shakespearean-trained, perfect diction of Alexander Scourby. Could that have influenced her developing speech? I believe so...for to speak correctly, we need to hear correctly first.
The Christmas when Rebekah was two years old, she sat intently over several nights as I read aloud to her and her daddy, Dickens' Christmas Carol. That book has a challenging vocabulary for adult listening, but she reveled in it. I ask myself now if her early appetite for challenging literature can be attributed in part to her steady diet from before-birth and onward of the beautiful King James English of the Bible.
Much to my delight, Rebekah, who is now a first-time Mommy herself, is putting her little Andrah Kate down for a nap...with Alexander Scourby playing in the background. Hours and hours of Scripture, but instead of cassettes, thankfully, now in a CD or MP3 format. We'll put my theory to the test. In but a few years, we'll find if Andrah's speech has been influenced. More importantly, we pray her little spirit will respond to God's Word.
For his impact in various ways upon our family, I say a hearty, "Thank you, Mr. Scourby!"