I took Jaden with me to a midweek Lenten service at church. At the end of each midweek service, they hold a special prayer time. Kneeling benches are placed in front of church and two people stand at each prayer bench, willing and ready to pray with you … for whatever is heavy on your heart. When the time started last night, Jaden asked me what was going on. I asked him if there was anyone or anything he’d like to pray about … we could go up and pray about it with Pr. Frank. He said no and I just smiled and said that was ok. Frankly, I’m intimidated to go up there are pray too.
Then something changed his mind. He pulled on my sleeve. “Mom, I want to pray of Owen.” My heart both melted from his faith and swelled with pride. We waited our turn. As we walked to the front of church, he turned around and said “don’t come with me, I want to go by myself.” Whoa … this kid was more courageous than I even knew! I paused a few feet behind him … Pr Frank looked at me for some guidance so I approached from behind and told them he wanted to pray for his brother Owen.
Jaden knew exactly what to do without anyone telling him. He knelt down before Pr. Frank, folded his hands and bowed his head. It was a beautiful prayer … the faith and courage of a child. Simply beautiful.
A friend of mine took a picture of this special moment and emailed it to me this morning.
and yes he is wearing Sponge Bob Squarepants pajamas … without his shoes no less! He took his shower before church so we would be ready for bed when we got home … couldn’t talk him into wearing real clothes. I decided to pick my battle and wearing his pajamas just wasn’t one of them. God would love that Jaden came to His house just the way he was. Some of the high schoolers said that they were going to wear their pj’s next week! My son the trend setter …