Are You Sure, Mom?

“Are you sure, Mom?” Jake asked as he looked over to me.

“Of course, Jake,” I replied.

“But, Mom, we usually pray for other people,” Jake countered.

“True,” I answered.

Each morning, our family gathers to read a passage of Scripture (this month we are reading Matthew 6), and then also pray a blessing over the family and friends we love. We speak the blessing of Numbers 6 over the family we love, over the friends we adore, over the different situations that arise in their lives. The blessing, which became a song that was sung early on during the pandemic, resonates deeply with our family.

We pray:  

The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.

New International Version, Numbers 6: 24-26

Well, on this particular morning, I prayed the Numbers blessing over Jake and Caleb. With a number of things happening right now in our family’s lives, I seek the blessing of the LORD to enfold, comfort, strengthen, and center my sons.

But, Jake was surprised.

As I prayed for Jake and Caleb, he blurted, “Are you sure, Mom?”

He gave me a quizzical-are-you-sure-you-know-what-you-are-doing look.

Jake is aware that we focus more on blessing others during our prayer time than on ourselves. Jake is right. We do pray for others.  A lot. However, I wanted my sons to know that they are just as deserving of the care and blessing of our God as others.

So, Jake, I am sure.

You are worthy of blessing.

So, Caleb, I am sure.

You are worthy of blessing.

So, Micah, (although not present during this family prayer time, but I know you are reading this), you are worthy of blessing.

Our children are worthy and deserving of our Lord’s care and blessing.

I want them to always know this loving, centering truth.

And yes, I will pray the blessing over my children again and again and again.

I am sure.

Here is “The Blessing” sung by vocalists from South Africa in April 2020. My favorite rendition. May it be my prayer for you:

1 thought on “Are You Sure, Mom?

  1. Shirley Hethorn April 27, 2021 — 7:38 am


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