Dec 11

Prayers from our children

Recently we participated in Operation Christmas Child as part of our weekly chapel services. The children had the opportunity to put together gift boxes for children in various places around the world. We spoke about how this gift might be the first gift some of these children would receive and how we can learn to be grateful with what we have been given, even if we know our lives are far from perfect.

As part of the gift assembly, the children were encouraged to write our messages or prayers for the children that would be receiving their gift. I have permission for two of our kids to share what they prayed for the recipients of their gift:

“I pray that the kid who gets this will be as excited as I am on Christmas. I pray that the girl or boy, mom, dad, teacher and anyone else will be safe from war, poverty, disease, famine, sickness. I pray that they will be loved for who they are.”

“I am sorry I cannot see you in person but I give you a gift that hopefully makes you smile. The Lord will be with you all your life.”

Amen! Isn’t it great to be reminded that even in the midst of very difficult circumstances, we can learn to be grateful and give to others something that might be an encouragement to them? Our children are an encouragement to me daily, and I hope that we can carry ourselves with the same attitude of selflessness and love that they are learning to express during their time at Intermountain