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On the Journey...
(Weekly insights from FMC Leaders)
May 25, 2016
"And you, and you, and you, and you, and ME! EVERYBODY SING!" And with an inclusive wave of his arms, he began to sing:
"You are a pwomise! You are a possibility--
You are a pwomise-with a capital "P"--
You are a great big bundle of potentiality!
And if you listen, you'll hear God's voice;
And if you're trying, He'll help you make the right choices
You’re a promise to be anything He wants you to be!"
We were gathered in the hallway outside Erik's room to say our goodbyes after spending two weeks at the Bently home in Sherwood, OR. Mommy and Daddy had gone and returned from their vacation, while Grandpa and Grandma held down the fort! What blessings we have received from that visit! Time to really get to be involved in Erik's world--and oh! What a wonderful world!! (We know now, why God invented nap time--so Grandpa and Grandma can crash or at least get an hour of quiet time!!)
While we were there, it became part of the nighttime ritual (along with potty, brush teeth, books and prayers) to include learning the words and meaning of that old Gaither song, I Am a Promise. We wanted to surprise Mommy and Daddy when they came home, and surprise them we did! Erik, at 3 3/4 years old is like a little sponge with learning--he soaks it all up, and then lets it ooze out at (it seems) just the right times. He LOVES learning, and Jesus and Bible stories are sooooo intriguing to him. He has Jesus in his heart, "especially at night--"I'm not really alone in my room--I have Jesus in my heart (yep--right behind those two bumps on his chest) and all my Stuffies. (stuffed animals)" He is learning about Matt. 18:20: Where two or three are gathered in My name....And it makes sense to him--especially when we are gathered to sing praises to Jesus! Erik knows the words to I Am a Promise backwards and forwards. Grandma is praying for the day when he fully understands and embraces the meaning of the whole song. The song goes on:
You can go anywhere that He wants you to go
You can be anything that He wants you to be..
You can climb the high mountain,
You can cross the wide sea,
You're a great big promise you see!
I am a promise
I am a possibility
I am a promise, with a capital "P"
I am a great big bundle of potentiality!
And I am learning to hear God's voice and I am tryin'
to make the right choices
I'm a promise to be anything God wants me to be.
So keep on list'ning, you'll hear God's voice,
And keep on trying, He'll help you make the right choices..
You're a promise to be anything He wants to be.......
Where two or three are gathered...."you and you and you and you and ME!! Are we listening? He will help us make the right choices, if we're trying......
- Bernie Miller
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