It’s All About WHO You Know? (When Our Kids Lead the Way)
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“I’ll pray, Mom,” he chirps, my six and a half year old standing on the frayed sewing bench that is my desk chair.
“Thanks, Daniel. I would love that. Morgan, John, will you pray with us too?”
They lope over good-naturedly. My broad-shouldered son looms tall over me — they both do, actually.
Nineteen year old John is a replica of his dad, and willowy sixteen year
old Morgan leans over to grab my hand. I squeeze her palm on the right of me, grasp John’s fingers firmly on
the left, and smile to hear my six year old talk to the Creator of
Daniel asks God to “Help Mom with her lesson, and to
be safe, to not die, and to make good choices.” He thanks God for taking care of us, for the family, and for our house. I strive to remember every word, and even now fall short of explaining the sweetness and naturalness of his conversation with the World-Spinner.
Morgan pulls her long brown hair to the side, and prays next.
“Dad,” she says calmly, and my heart is startled yet happy to hear her address the God of the Universe with such intimacy. “Dad, be with Mom as she talks today. Speak through her. Be with the women she’ll be speaking to…” Morgan’s voice continues.
And in between the words with the afternoon sun pouring spring’s heat through our dining room window, we stand huddled around my desk. This place where I wrangle words, craft sentences, and seek God’s face, soaking amazed in his delight for me — this crammed kitchen corner at my desk is where we stand humble in God’s presence and my children stride boldly, comfortably, into God’s presence. And I am undone, overjoyed, and utterly thrilled to see this glimpse into their relationship with Jesus.
If nothing else comes of this day then to have been prayed for by these kids, it will have been worth it, I reason happily, and then marshal my thoughts again as John’s masculine voice steps in.
“God…” he begins, and my lips crack in thankful gratitude, mouthing silent to my God, “Thank you, God.”
Friends? We who are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas… we have the honor of walking into the throne room of the Most High God. And striding in beside us, or in front of us, or trailing in behind us, are the ones who are watching, learning, teaching. We get to converse with the God of the world! It is intimate, awe-inspiring, and a wonderful privilege.