Children of God

A Child’s Prayer

Heavenly Father are You really there?

And do You hear and answer ev’ry child’s prayer?

Some say that heaven is far away,

But I feel it close around me as I pray.

Heavenly Father, I remember now

Something that Jesus told disciples long ago:

“Suffer the children to come to Me.”

Father, in prayer I’m coming now to Thee.

Pray, He is there;

Speak, He is list’ning.

You are His child;

His love now surrounds you.

He hears your prayer;

He loves the children.

Of such is the kingdom, the kingdom of heav’n

 

Today when I firstly heard this song in Sunday mass, I was almost cried (but I held it since there’s my mom there). After hearing this song repeatedly, I hardly cried. I didn’t understand why did I cry, but then I realized that it’s because the song doesn’t only present little children’s prayer, but also my prayer.

For I, the Lord, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their fathers’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments (Exodus 20:5-6).

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength (1 Cor 1:25).

But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well (John 2:34-25).

Everyone of us are children of God. It doesn’t mean that God gave birth of all of us physically, but spiritually. Every human created in God’s favor, inherits spirit blown by God during the creation. Thus it should be understood that some people who has been given special gift can heal others physically and mentally, some can touch other’s heart by their words and actions, etc. We are children of God spiritually, thus inside us there is an extravagant love which sometimes hiding so deep because of our unconsciousness.

The song I heard today titled “A Child’s Prayer”. The song’s lyric truly speak to my heart. Suddenly I imagined suffering children in some other parts of the world who cannot live sufficiently as many children I’ve known do. Children who are starving, both for food and love, children who are questioning where are their parents, where is God? The images broke my heart. After that I also realize that I am also being that kind of child sometimes. When I experienced unexpected events, I asked, does God really hear my prayer? Does God really kind? However, when I take a moment to keep silent and started to be aware of this moment, I realized many things and get answers for my doubts. Yes, God is there, Thy love surrounds me, and Thy hears my prayers.

Today’s first reading said that God will inflict punishment for father’s wickedness to their children. It sounds scary, isn’t it? Many opinions regarding this passage, but one that I believe is that this passage tells about cause and effect matter. If our father did iniquities, we, the children, may be affected and judged based on what our father has done.

The second reading then tells us about God’s wisdom, which is extremely different with the world’s wisdom. The gospel also said that Jesus has already understood of human nature. These shown us that God has already known everything about us human.

We are all the children of God thus we don’t have to worry of anything because God knows everything about us: what we need, what we want, what we did, everything. Therefore, we should be God’s children, meaning that whatever happened in our past, whatever our situation in present and whatever we’re afraid of in the future, just pray to God. People may say that we are weak, but what God think of us is much more important than what others think about us. God sees our deepest heart.

Whatever our afflictions today, believe that we are God’s children. you may want to hear the song A Child’s Prayer in silence and try to reflect each words from the song. God bless you 😊.

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