Happy New Year!
A colleague recently tacked up a sign above his door here at Focus that serves as a good motto for 2011:
Live Well (Philippians 1:27-28), Love Much (John 13:34-35), Laugh Often (Proverbs 17:22)
There is so much to say about each of these, but if laughter is truly good medicine, I thought I’d start the year by sharing something sweet – and comical, with you.
Riley is five years old. His father is on our team here at Focus, and he and his wife have made a habit of recording some of the more memorable comments the little tyke makes, especially at bedtime.
Just last night during their prayers together he said the following:
Dear God. I am amazed at something. You are truly God. Heaven is so big, which means it must be so heavy – and yet it can hang so high up in the sky above the clouds. How do you do that? OK. I was just wondering. Amen.
Another nighttime prayer went like this:
Dear Lord, Thank you for everything. And thank you for the world. I just love you. You’re a great God. I just love your world. But that doesn’t mean that I love my backyard, my great house and my comfy bed more than I love you. I love you more. And thank you for Baskin Robbins and ice water. They are great. Amen.
After a day of dealing with some disobedience, little Riley was heard saying the following prayer in his bed:
Dear Jesus. Please forgive me for disobeying. I’m so sorry that I did that. How can you ever forgive me? I know that you will. I love you so much. Amen.
Beyond the humor there is a wonderful quality to childhood prayers. How beautiful to witness such innocence and tenderness from the tongue of a little boy or girl. It will not always be so. If you have a young child in your home, I hope you’ll take the time to ponder and treasure this fleeting season. You’re probably tired and stretched thin – but these days will only last so long.