Tuesday, September 30, 2014
For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. 1 Samuel 1:27 NRSV
On some evenings at our worship service with the homeless, prayer requests cascade on similar themes.
At one, a pregnant teen, looking very uncomfortable as she leaned against her boyfriend, asked for prayers for the safe delivery of her baby. She had had no prenatal care, but she thought the baby would be coming soon.
Another young woman ask us to pray that she get her little girl back. The teen had left the baby with a relative and now wanted her. The relative would not give the baby to the teen until she got and held a job and had a place to live.
A third very young teen, requested prayers that she would get pregnant because she wanted a baby so badly.
God answers all prayers. Sometimes God lets us hear them so we can be a part of the answer.
Mother God, thank you for blessing us with children whether they are newborns or teenagers. They remind us of our vulnerability and how much care we each need and brighten our lives with wonder and love. Amen.
Crown Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma