And a Child Shall Lead Them
With Matthew being our first (and only so far) child, I am learning so much. I’ve never been in so much “full time” contact with a child before. When he was a baby, we had to teach him so much, things that I thought were automatic things everyone did. Like, when he started eating solid food, we had to teach him to take the food off of the spoon when we put it in his mouth. We had to teach him to chew it instead of just moving it around in his mouth. (For a long time he thought he should pull his mouth back from his teeth when I said, “Chew” since that is what I did to try to show him my teeth chewing the food. It was so hilarious!)
Now, though, he is teaching me a thing or two. We normally have our little devotional time together before I put him in bed each night. This involves singing a prayer chorus (he is so cute singing “Teach me how to love Thee”), a prayer thanking God for all the things we did throughout the day and praying for our family and friends, and then at least three songs (the same three song every night) as he goes to sleep.
One night, it was late and we were both tired so I put him in bed without the normal routine. He said, “But Mommy, we didn’t pray yet!” So, out he came and we prayed together. A reminder that we should never be too tired to pray.
Another night, I couldn’t remember the names of those who were sick so I just prayed, “Jesus, be with those who are sick.” Matthew said, “But, who are they? What’s their names? What’s wrong with them?” It made me remember how important it is to be specific.
And, then yesterday, we were listening to one of the church meeting CD’s that we get from the US and the person on the CD was praying. Matthew made me stop what I was doing and close my eyes and pray.
His first original prayer, on his own, was around Easter this year when we had been discussing the Easter events. We had been singing the chorus that says,
From the Earth to the cross, to my debts to pay,
From the cross to the grave, From the grave to the sky. Lord, I lift your name on high”
Then he prayed, “Dear Jesus, Thank you that Jesus died for us and that He isn’t dead anymore. Amen!”
Does it get any clearer than that?