Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Prayer for the Wild Child

Whispers of Love to My Wild Child

Dear Wild Child,
Do you remember when you first saw the gushing waterfall, Bridal Veil Falls, in Yosemite National Park? You stood amazed as the water thundered down over the rocks and into the crystal pool below. The water was so loud that even when we shouted, we could barely hear one another. We laughed as the mist drifted down upon us, but you wanted more. You ran to the railing and the spray of droplets soaked you. Teardrops of water ran down your face, puddling in the collar of your shirt. I knelt as I attempted to wipe your wet, freckled face. It was impossible; so instead, we held hands and twirled in the awesome grandeur of Bridal Veil Falls, totally immersed in joy.

Today, beloved child, I pray for you to experience the glory of God in the same manner. He loves you and longs for you to immerse yourself in His presence.

For this reason I kneel before the Father. . . . And I pray that you . . . grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
—Ephesians 3:14, 17–19

Wild child, you seek thrills; God will thrill you with wonder. You seek wealth; His love is more valuable than anything this world can offer. You seek knowledge; Christ will fill you beyond measure with His knowledge.
My child, come twirl with me in the awesome grandeur and glory of Jesus Christ. I am on my knees with my hands held out to you.

Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give
all the wealth of his house for love,
it would be utterly scorned.
—Song of Songs 8:7

Father, many waters cannot quench Your love for ________________, and rivers cannot wash it away. Your love is more precious than all the wealth of any house. Please allow _________________ to understand and accept Your divine love. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

An excerpt from Divine Prayers for Despairing Parents.

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