Praise with Wild Abandon

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 (NIV)

From the archives…It was a beautiful day as my Little Miss Sunshine and I headed to the playground for lunch and some playtime after her morning preschool. She was excited about having a real picnic lunch and chatted brightly all the way there.

In the picnic area we started unpacking our lunch. A few of the other tables were being used by a mom and her children, a professionally dressed woman who looked like she was on her lunch break, and a dad working on his laptop while his kids played on the playground and occasionally ran back over to him for drinks and “watch me’s”.

Photo courtesy Lynn Kelley Author via Flickr, WANA Commons
Photo courtesy Lynn Kelley Author via Flickr, WANA Commons

As I was about to bite into my sandwich when Little Miss Sunshine said, “Shouldn’t we say grace first?” At that time I was not comfortable saying grace in public. I’ve gotten better with it thanks to quite a number of lunches with an awesome Bible study group, but it took awhile!

Now my daughter was looking at me expectantly. “You’re right,” I said, and prepared to quietly race through the quickest grace I knew. My daughter, though, folded her little hands together and very loudly, and I mean they probably heard it blocks away, started to sing clearly, “God our Father, God our Father (everybody now!), now we ask, now we ask…”

I felt my cheeks going red with embarrassment, quickly followed by guilt over being embarrassed by this!

“for your blessing, for your blessing, A-men, A-men”.

She finished happily and began munching on a cheese stick. I marveled at her uninhibited joy in the Lord and in her day and hope to carry that with me in the future.

(My apologies for those who know that blessing, sung to the tune of Frere Jacques, and will now have it in their head the rest of the day.)

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