Here’s the song reference. You should listen to it. It’s funny.
Today was something of a blur, and the less said about much of it, the better. Bugaboo and Manie are away for Great-Grandma’s funeral, and Beanie, Mr. Man, Baby Guy and I will join them later in the week. Getting everything and everyone together for travel is something of an undertaking, and nothing is ever as simple as it should be.
Nonetheless, the boys were bathed and tucked happily (for once!) into their beds just before 8, and Beanie, having been my “big girl big helper” all day, was allowed a few extra minutes to have an undisturbed portion of tropical Lemonheads before her shower. Since no one in this house EVER gets to eat a snack undisturbed, particularly a snack that involves candy of any kind, this was a rare privilege indeed!
She was smiling as she headed for the bathroom to shower, a little skip in her step, and I grinned as I tidied up a few things in Manie and my bedroom, which adjoins the bathroom. After a few minutes, I heard the distinct sound of a warbling Beanie, so I stopped what I was doing to listen.
Sure enough, I could clearly make out the strains of “Jesus Loves Me,” the first song she ever learned to sing, and still a favorite of all the tiny people. She was still singing as I tiptoed out of the bathroom to go find the camera, because there are some moments that you just have to capture on video, even if the only image on the video is the flowers on the shower curtain. I came back in as she was finishing the last couple of words, and, after praising her for the lovely song, asked her if she would be willing to sing it again. As it happened, she was, and so I have a sweet memory on the SD card. That’s a gift.
Today’s prayer: Lord, thank you for the quiet moments when I can hear small voices raised in song. Help me to seize upon those moments as Your gifts, Your reminders of what matters, when I am tempted to wrath because of someone else’s disgraceful behavior. Make me an example to Your blessings of, instead of fury directed towards fools, prayer and charity towards all. Help me recall the words of Your servant Francis, who begged that he might be made a channel of Your peace, and fill my heart with the desire to serve You as You commanded.