The Sweetest Sound
It was the sweetest sound I’ve heard in a long time. The voice rose above the hubbub of the breakfast crowd until one by one each table fell silent and listened. It was the voice of a little girl and she was singing her prayer. Multiple generations of her family gathered around the table. Hands folded in front of her chin. Eyes screwed shut. And her little voice quieted a whole restaurant.
You can imagine her surprise as the last note of the Amen faded. She opened her eyes to see everyone looking at her. Then there was applause and a few folks wiped away a tear.
It was a little piece of heaven over the breakfast table on a Saturday morning.
The apostle Matthew wrote,
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
When I heard that child’s voice at breakfast the other day, I was reminded of these verses. Because in today’s world, it takes the faith of a child to sing a prayer loud enough for a whole restaurant to hear.
That’s the testimony for today. I want to have that child faith that isn’t afraid, or worried, or careful. Jesus said that’s the faith we need to have to enter the kingdom of heaven. He might not have been talking only about Heaven. Maybe he was talking about the kingdom right here on this earth, the kingdom we enter at salvation.
And just maybe, that child faith is what will help us bridge the divides we all feel right here, right now.
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