Faith Like a Child

9 11 2009

Tonight, my 11-year-old son voiced one of the most beautiful prayers I have ever heard.  As we sat on the couch as usual for our prayers before bed, I went through our ritual of thanking God for our many blessings, for health, for some recent good news, and so on.  My son then prayed for his 9-year-old sister who cannot talk due to her severe cerebral palsy.

It is not unusual for him to pray for her.  It’s often something like, “God, please help my sister to walk and to talk and to be healthy.”  What was unusual tonight was that he prayed FOR her.  He actually said the words that he felt she would say, if she could.  It took me a second to realize what he had just done.  It was so poignant coming from him, totally on his own accord, FOR his sister.  He was her mouthpiece, honoring both her and God so well in that moment.

And after every phrase or person’s name which she especially liked, she would say “uh” with great enthusiasm.  That’s her way of saying YES to things she agrees with.

“Thank you for my teachers and friends at school, Lord”

“Uh!”

“Thank you for the good weather and for going on a walk in the neighborhood tonight.”

“Uh!”

“Thank you for my physical therapist who is helping me learn to walk.”

“Uh! Uh!”

This must be what Jesus meant when he said that we need to have faith like a child. (Matthew 18:1-4)  Apparently, my kids have more faith than I do.  Apparently, there are some ways in which we should not grow up.

God was speaking to me tonight.


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9 11 2009
a mom

Beautiful.

10 11 2009
Greg S

Awesome story!!

10 11 2009
Judy Pohlman

Tears flowed from my eyes after reading this post. We all need a little one in our lives to understand God’s Love for us. We complicate things so much in trying to figure it all out. Sometimes it is just sitting, resting, watching and acknowledging God with our Uh! that will help us to grow in our understanding of Him.

Thank You Lord, for your son, who is unashamedly willing to come alongside his sister and be her mouthpiece.

11 11 2009
Michael Denckhoff

Thanks for sharing!

25 11 2009
Vicky Sparks

Thank you for sharing. Your son’s example is one of two the Lord has put in my life to illustrate his love for me. I am overwhelmed to be shown the depth and width of his commitment and love. Praise be to God!

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