Forgiveness is only an “Amen” Away

Monday, September 29

9-29By Deb Crowley of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, USA

Do not turn away in pride, fear, or guilt from the One who seeks only the best for you and your loved ones. Come before your Eternal Creator with open minds and hearts and discover the blessings of the gospel anew. Be vulnerable to divine grace.

—Doctrine and Covenants 163:10b

It was time for bedtime prayers, and 4-year-old Tyson wanted me to start. I prayed, “Dear Jesus, thank you for letting Tyson, and Uncle Dustin, and Papa get so much done on the house today, and…”

“Wait, Grammie,” Tyson interrupted. His eyes were wide, and with a serious manner he continued, “I didn’t really help because I couldn’t use the tools. I watched TV!” Somehow I got through the rest of the prayer while stifling my amusement!

I marvel at the honesty of a child—honesty before God! Oh, that I were as a child at times. Willingly admitting my failures and repenting of what I did or did not do through bedtime prayer, cleansing my soul through repentance. Knowing that forgiveness is only an “amen” away.

Jesus understood the innocence and breathtaking honesty of children. He challenged adults who became too rigid, fragile, and stubborn to become again as little children. Tyson’s experience to this point in his life helped him understand in some subliminal way that his admission would not bring rejection or scolding. That no matter what he said or did or did not do, God loved him unconditionally.

I, too, would be vulnerable before God, knowing that no matter my admission, God’s love, grace, and forgiveness wrap around me like blankets tucked around my sleeping grandson. How refreshing to think that on occasion, my admission might cause God to stifle a chuckle or two!

Prayer for Peace God of grace and wisdom, be patient with us when we forget to repent. We know you forgive us even before we ask. Bless us with the honesty of a child. Bless us with generosity to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Listening to Children Sit in your quiet place and center your heart and mind on God’s presence. Spend several minutes asking God to bring into your awareness the names and images of children in your life. You may see their faces or hear their voice as you receive these impressions. Listen deeply to the unique gifts and needs of the children who come to mind. Offer a prayer of blessing for each child and the needs you sense. If you feel led, you also may want to write a note or card and give a message of affirmation and love to each child.

Peace Covenant Tonight, God, at my bedtime prayer, I will be vulnerable to your divine grace. Amen.

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2 Comments

  1. Carla Barbet

     /  29 September 2014

    I appreciate your Daily Word message! Thank you, Carla

  2. Diane Akers

     /  29 September 2014

    So very beautiful! I too can relate———–once my son had ask prayers for his chicken that I was sure wouldn’t make it through the night———-it did! And the next night thanked God for healing his chicken. So a child shall lead us. Thanks!

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