Tending Your Soul: Sacred Encounters
God Says Thanks
It’s been my privilege to work with children and their parents. One particular parent program I offered stands out in my memory because of its glorious ending. Initially, I recall sitting at the typewriter surrounded by folders stuffed with notes – wisdom to be shared. As inspirations materialized, I typed vigorously, capturing the thoughts that would form the framework for my presentation. I felt pleased with the way ideas were weaving together – such beauty, precision and order! I nurture an architect inside me who just loves to design and construct. I busily integrated various stages of child development with corresponding levels of a child’s maturing sense of God. Truly, I felt inspired as the afternoon wore on. I recall collecting numerous pages of notes and looking over them one last time. Ideas seemed to flow together nicely with a generous sprinkle of scripture quotes to illustrate different points. I sat back in the chair, feeling pretty satisfied with the finished product.
However, as I thought about the flow of the evening, I realized that I didn’t want to conclude just talking about God! I said out loud to God, “What can I use to pull this together?” I never cease to be amazed when God answers immediately, but that’s what seemed to happen. I slipped more paper into the typewriter and began transcribing the words which were forming in my head. In this poem/prayer God speaks to parents – words of gratitude, support, and love for accepting the responsibility of raising children. Following the talk that evening, no one mentioned the brilliant presentation, but parents with tears in their eyes asked for a copy of the closing reading.
Gracious God, it’s been years since you entrusted me with your words of thanks, and still I hear expressions of gratitude from mothers and fathers touched through this poem. I received it and offer it to others as your gift.
What image, feeling, question or memory of yours surfaces as you read this story?
On occasion have you had a sense of receiving an immediate response to a request from God? What happened and how did it impact you or others?