This past week my Bible Study group started up again. This "semester" we are going to be studying "prayer". We watched a video of a message by Jim Cymbala and I've been thinking about it most of the week. Then last night Jonah's supper prayer was quite interesting....
Thank you for this food. Please give us a baby sister. (pause) And God please (pause) say Hi to all the people there with you.
I'm not sure that's the whole thing word for word but it's pretty close to what he said. He has been praying for a baby sister for awhile so that's not a surprise but the "saying hi" part was! :-) After the prayer his response to us was, "Well, he IS God!" It seemed as though he was surprised by our surprise...as though it was a perfectly normal thing to pray for. I suppose if we really embrace that "prayer" is just conversation with God...it IS a normal thing in a way. I'm amazed yet again at the simple faith of a child...esp. mine.
Last night and today I can't help but think about the boy's mom, Stephanie, and all the other "people" we know and miss in heaven. My faith may be small and I'm not sure that I believe the occurences on earth are of great significance when we are in the presence of the Lord but I can't help whispering my own prayer of agreement. "Please say hi to everyone."