Here’s the song reference.
A few days ago, I posted something of a lament about the apparent end of lullaby time at our house.
Last night, we gathered the tribe in the living room for a bedtime story, evening prayers, and an attempt to sing our night-time songs again. Given the amount of wiggling and wrestling that went on among the tiny people as we tried to get them to focus on their prayers and remember to thank the Lord for all His blessings, neither my husband nor I were terribly optimistic about our odds of managing to quiet everyone with lullabies.
As I sang the first notes of “Irish Lullaby,” I heard Beanie’s voice, and glanced over, somewhat sadly, expecting her to begin the usual chatter about not being tired, wanting a(nother) snack, and the preferability of playthings over quiet moments of music. She beamingly returned my look and sang the first “Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra” back to me! When my smile answered Beanie’s, Bugaboo decided to join in, too, and so we sang together, sometimes in harmony, sometimes in call-and-echo, all the songs with which we have greeted the night since Bugaboo was born. Toys were left in the toy box, hands remained with their owners, and broad grins adorned all six of our faces. Even Bo and Smudgie looked pleased with the turn of events.
Today’s prayer: Lord, thank You for softening the hearts of Your blessings towards the time we spend together as a family before bedtime. Thank You for granting them the wisdom to see that those few moments of quiet have value, and that brightly colored plastic and metal can’t love them back. Thank you for the simple joy of our voices rising in song. Please kindle in our hearts a desire to use the voices with which You have blessed us to sing joyfully our faith in, and praise for, You and all the wonders You have created.