Some of the most beautiful prayer requests I read on Monday mornings are on prayer cards from the children. They fill out their prayer cards in Sunday school. These get turned in with the ones from the worship services for continual uplifting throughout the coming week by our prayer groups.
From a 7 year old: “To be as one”. To this I say absolutely. God desires us to experience and affirm our oneness with creation itself, with perfect God/Spirit all around us. And we are one with all of humanity. Each and every one of us children of a loving God. When we seek to find our oneness and similarities and turn away from dwelling on what we perceive to be our differences our lives become ever so much more rich and meaningful.
From an 8 year old: “God is always with you.” Amen. This is a powerful affirmation to take with us each day, and to remember throughout each day, as we go about the activities of our life. We are not now, nor can we ever be, alone. Our little 8 year old friend has accepted a powerful truth for themselves and it is one we must all remember.
From another young person: “God bless everyone, especially God.” Praise lifted up to God is always a wonderful prayer to lift up. Blessing everyone, with perfect inclusion, is that reconciling spirit that changes our world.
And maybe my favorite, also from an 8 year old: “I wish to be awesome.”
Well, my little 8 year old friend, you already are awesome because you are God’s perfect creation. You are awesome because God loves you and cares for you and wants to be your ever present source of peace, comfort, joy and healing.
What if…we believed as a little child, as Jesus commanded us to believe? What if we allowed our faith to be so open that we could see beyond our jaded adult minds and see through the veil of Spirit to the truth that children see?
“And a little child will lead them.” You bet. Let the little children lead us so that we can understand that we too are awesome.
“Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10: 15)
Affirmation: “Like a child, I welcome the fullness of God’s presence right here, right now, right where I am.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.