I'll Just Keep Praying
“Dear God, Please help Shawn find a family soon – one where he will have a brother and sister, and maybe even a pet or two. Help his new family to treat him well and to be patient with him as he heals from his past hurts. Help him to do well in school and to make lots of friends. I love you Jesus, Amen.”
Visit the Tapestry website for a prayer guide as well as pictures and profiles of the children awaiting adoption that Grant is praying for. You can also click on the image above to print the prayer card.
This is the prayer that my 8 year old, Grant, prayed last night. He, along with lots of other kids at IBC (our church), is praying for children in foster care. Not just children generally – he’s praying for specific kids. Last night was Shawn. Tonight he will pray for Ian and Cheyenne.
This has been going on for several days, and frankly I am trying to sit back and see where he takes it. I see the wheels turning each and every night as he asks questions about these kids’ situations and their future. I can only imagine what he must be thinking. I wasn’t adopted like him, so truly, I can only imagine.
After he finished praying I scratched his back and sang his favorite song, Amazing Grace – first and last stanza, just like I learned it in the Baptist church growing up. Then Grant rolled over and looked at me. I couldn’t tell if there were tears in his eyes, or if he was just really tired. He said, “Daddy, I am going to pray for Shawn until he gets his family. How long will that be?”
Shawn is eight years old, and I know the statistics all too well. I didn’t want to answer. “Hopefully not too much longer,” I said.
“Will it be next week?” he asked.
“No, probably not,” I replied.
“Ok. I’ll just keep praying,” he said.
Shouldn’t we all.