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Listen while you read: "Praise To The Lord The Almighty"1 (Lyrics)
Isaiah 11:6b – And a little child will lead them. (NIV)
When a group of us in our church were discussing how we came to know Jesus as our Saviour, one of the men shared the following story:
"Our six-year-old daughter had been begging me and my wife to take her to Sunday School for so long that we finally gave in and dropped her off at the church where all of her school friends went to Sunday School.
"That evening when we were sitting down to dinner, she piped up and asked to say grace to thank God for our food. She explained that they had learned a verse in Sunday School that said to be thankful for everything, and if God said it, she wanted to do it.
"Then she asked us to bow our heads and began." He smiled as he quoted her grace the way he remembered it. It went something like this:
"Thank you for the meat, God," she began, "and thank You for the potatoes, God, and thank You for the carrots, God, and thank You for the milk, God, and thank You for the butter and the bread, God, and thank You for the plates, and the knives, and forks and spoons, God. And thank You for the salt and pepper, and …"
"At that point, I interrupted, telling her that I was sure that God knew by now that we were thankful and that He wouldn't want us to have a cold dinner.
"Then," he said, clearing his throat loudly, "these are the words that changed my life:"
"Just one more thing, daddy. Thank You, God, for my mommy and daddy who love me so much they took me to Sunday School today. And God, please show them how much You love them, and tell them You'd like them to come to Sunday School with me."
He continued, "This really choked both of us up, and to make a long story short, we did go to Sunday School with her. And it wasn't long until both my wife and I came to know the Lord. And we are learning every day, in answer to the prayer of our daughter, just how much God loves us."
Prayer: God, help us to be ready to witness to Your love with the simplicity of a child. Amen.