A familiar melody graces my ears. That Micah in the middle of mine loves to hum and tends to soothe himself with it much of the time, especially before bed. Tonight as I climbed the wooden stairs to tuck them in, I hear that sweet, still-little boy voice of his adorning the second level. My first stop was in Ayla's room and she had already crashed. I made my way to the boys' room and Joe joined me just as I climbed the bunk ladder...we both recognized the song simultaneously. Together we put words to the tune for him and he joined in:
"Praise, Praise the Father, Praise the Son...And Praise the Spirit, Three-In-One...Oh Praise Him, Hallelujah..."
We sang some more together. That little almost teenager of mine laying there so vulnerable, he faces many fears and right then and there it hits me hard...how he is understanding and taking in the gospel. Application of teaching is so very present and right beneath my very nose as I witness this boy of mine seeking refuge in the only true refuge there is, my faith is strengthened. We have faced tough times together, this family of ours. Tempers have turned hot and life isn't always a bowl of cherries. Let's face it, most of the time it can be very trying. With three growing kids and two grown adults trying to grow up...we can sometimes mess it all up pretty badly. But what hope I have tonight being reminded of the sweet solace granted to us through the Holy Spirit of God.
As I scratched his back he switched the tune...
"Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be the name..."
And I sing quietly into his ear,
"...when the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say...Blessed be the name of the Lord..."
And as I wind down and ready for sleep, I have this reassurance...provoked and spurred on by my 12 year old oblivious middle child...that God, in His almighty divinity, Father, Son and Spirit...Three-In-One...God, is blessed...through the trials and through the joy...In darkness and in light...Blessed be the name of the Lord...
Praise His Holy Name!