Aloha Friday Message – February 1, 2013 – A Childlike Prayer

1305AFC020113 – A Childlike Prayer

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Hebrews 4:16 ~ Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

 

Luke 18:17 ~ “I can guarantee this truth: Whoever doesn’t receive the kingdom of God as a little child receives it will never enter it.”

 

Aloha nui loa, Beloved! There is a set of drawings that circulates the Internet every so often. The drawings –  which show Jesus smiling, laughing, and playing with children – help remind us he was really a real human man who knew how to have fun. I saw that collection again recently, and it reminded me that children often have the most astonishing prayers. We get a kick out of their misperceptions sometimes, but other times we see how truly beautiful it is to be able to pray with childlike confidence and innocence. I have been collecting these all over the place, and today is a good day to gather them all into a bundle and share them with you.

 

Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to redo others, why not just keep the ones you have?

 

Dear God,  Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that or was  it an accident? ~  Norma

 

Dear God, Who draws the lines around the countries? ~ Nan

 

Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that okay? ~ Neil

 

Dear God, Thank you for my baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy. ~ Joyce

 

Dear God, It rained for our whole vacation, and is my father mad! He said some things about you that people are not supposed to say, but I hope you will not hurt him anyway. ~ Your friend (but I am not going to tell you who I am)

 

Dear God, Please send me a pony. I never asked for anything before. You can look it up. ~ Bruce

 

Dear God, I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions. ~ Ruth

 

Dear God, I think about you sometimes, even when I’m not praying. ~ Elliott

 

Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love all the people in the world. There are only four people in our family and I can never do it. ~ Nancie

 

Dear God, Of all the people who worked for you, I like Noah and David the best. ~ Rob

 

Dear God, My brothers told me about being born, but it doesn’t sound right. They are just kidding, aren’t they? ~ Marsha

 

Dear God, If you watch me in church Sunday, I’ll show you my new shoes. ~ Mickey

 

Dear God, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school, we learned that you did it. So I bet he stole your idea. ~ Sincerely, Donna

 

Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well I just want you to know that I am not just saying this because you are God already. ~ Charles

 

Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. ~ Larry

 

Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool! ~ Eugene

 

Frank was overheard praying: “Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it. I’m having a real good time like I am.”

 

P.S: Please Jesus do not make me grow!! Because the teacher said today that your house belonged to the children! My God, if you give me an Aladdin lamp with a genie, I’ll give you everything you want, except my money and computer. ~ Frank

 

My God, do you really think it when you say “Do unto others what they would have done to you?” Because I am seriously thinking of punching my brother.

 

Dear God, I’m don’t know if I should thank you for getting me sick, but at least I should thank you for making the doctor, who made the medicine that made me feel better. I guess you already had all of that figured out ahead of time. See you at home! ~ Karen, 9

 

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.’ Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!”

 

Dear God, Please give me a mom and a dad. (I’m a foster kid.)

 

God, help me walk away from the bullies at school.

 

Please God, help me be smarter.

 

Dear God, will my mom get laid off? I hope not because she works real hard.

 

Dear God, please help my grandmother who has all timers and it is getting worse.

 

Dear God, can my mommy NOT be in heaven but just at the store so she can come home soon?

 

A little boy was softly saying his night prayers kneeling by his Mother. “Say your prayers louder, darling, I can’t hear you,” said little Johnny’s Mother. “But I’m not talking to you” was the instant reply.

 

Jesus, the people next door are always fighting. You should only let really good friends get married.

 

Dear God, I want to look just like my Dad, but with hair on the top, and not so much everywhere else.

 

God is great and God is Good,
And we thank God for our food;
By God’s hand we must be fed,
Give us Lord, our daily bread. Amen.

 

Angel of God my Guardian dear
To whom God’s love commits me here
Both day and night be at my side
To light and rule, to guard and guide. Amen

 

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep:
May God guard me through the night
And wake me with the morning light.
Amen.

 

A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand. “Daddy, what happened to him?” the son asked. “He died and went to Heaven,” the Dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, “Did God throw him back down?”

 

Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. “You’re not supposed to talk out loud in church.” “Why? Who’s going to stop me?” Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, “See those two men standing by the door? They’re hushers.”

 

And finally this:

I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord’s Prayer for several evenings at bedtime. She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: “Lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us from E-mail.

Whatever, whenever, wherever, whoever, however, if ever, forever — at your service, Beloved.

Find peace in God through Jesus, in the Living Water given to us through the Holy Spirit. Pray for a deluge of the Spirit as massive as The Great Flood – a deluge that will save the world and not destroy it. And remember: If you are going to pray for rain, bring an umbrella. If you are going pray for peace, bring your neighbor.

 

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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