Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Prayer for my Kids

One sings with passion while the other stands emitting an energy of annoyance.  One in my arms while the other wiggles from seat to seat.  One stands, trying to follow the crowd, all the while fighting the true desire to sit and draw pictures.

I stand, sing, raise my hands, close my eyes, always keeping an eye on the five wiggly worms around me.  I glance around at the joy and praise coming from others.  I look down at my five, wondering, "What are they thinking?  What did I think when I was a child?  Why is this one so angry?  Why is that one NOT singing?  Is the passion going to last?"

I stop.

I pray.  

I sing.  

I pray some more.

Oh Lord, these souls that are here, let them not be lost.  These words, may they penetrate these hearts.  May they have 10,000 Reasons to sing Your praise.  May they praise You, What a Savior.  May they have their Happy Day, when Jesus washed their sins away.  May they run into the arms of Jesus and may He always be enough.


The Hulfish Family said...

Love this and that is the CUTEST picture ever!!!

Julia Brunet said...

Jess, this is so interesting that you should post this because I have been so burdened recently for my children. I think it comes from knowing how hard it is for even me to be obedient to God sometimes that I worry about them staying solid and true. "You keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3 I am with you on my knees.

Erin Crisp said...

I am so right there with you- especially when it comes to worship and prayer and a desire to see them grow in their faith. Thanks for this reminder that a growing faith has different and unique appearances.