She’d been looking worried, but I was on the phone with my husband and simply walked past her to continue our conversation out of earshot.
Yet, something had changed by the time I returned to the main part of the house, for she was busy writing.
The paper was handed to me just before bedtime and as much as I wanted to read it, I felt it would be best waiting till morning.
When I read her writing, I was surprised.
I hadn’t realized that my phone conversation about the latest news would engender such fear in her heart.
The first lines spoke clearly of the deep emotion these days of world news are bringing.
As I continued to read I chastised myself for not being more careful with my speech, and for not checking back with her to see how she was processing all that she is hearing and seeing.
At 19, she’s too young to remember many of the circumstances of world affairs, but she’s been taught history and she’s not ignorant of the abilities of humanity to harm one another.
Then, I read:
“I sat at the table, trying to keep from being afraid, that’s when my amazing little brother walked in, set his phone on the table and pushed play on a video.”
“I quickly recognized the Piano Guys playing the Peanuts theme song… Dancing to this song has become something fun we do ever since I moved back from Grandma’s.”
“Laughing, I slowly joined him. My heavy heart started to lighten…The next song he played was by Mercy Me, Greater.”
“At that moment, I felt peace again. I was reminded that I don’t ever need to be afraid.”
“While the world may be falling apart around me, all I have to do is trust Jesus and dance in worship before Him.”
All my self condemnation evaporated.
I praise God for His blessings of truth which even the young can find comfort in.
As I refolded the paper, my heart was reminded of scripture.
Matthew 21:16 NKJV — and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”
Let each of us learn from the simply beautiful faith of the young: all we have to do is trust God and praise Him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your truth. Thank You that we can find courage, security, and faith in Your Word and Your promises. Lord Jesus, thank You that this world is not our forever home, but we have a much better one yet to come. Thank You for the simple and beautiful faith of the young. Thank You for the trust exampled to us by a small child clinging to their loving Daddy. Lord, thank You for children. Please continue to teach us how to have child-like faith. As my daughter said, may we walk in the truth, trusting and praising You. I love You, Jesus. Thank You for first loving me. Amen.