April 18, 2012

I stroke the fevered brow of my oldest son as he tries to settle back to sleep. I keep vigil in his bedroom until I hear the steady rhythm of his deep sleep breathing. He clutches the beloved blue blanket I had hastily hand-washed an hour earlier so it could comfort him through the rest of the night.

Pausing at his door, I decide to stay by his bedside a little while longer... just in case. 

Oh the things a mother will do, all too gladly, for her child!

How much more will our heavenly Father do for us? My minds sits on that thought as I finally climb back into bed.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:7-11

Sin has shut and barred the door against us; by prayer we knock. Whatever you pray for, according to the promise, shall be given you, if God see it fit for you, and what would you have more? This is made to apply to all that pray aright; every one that asketh receiveth, whether Jew or Gentile, young or old, rich or poor, high or low, master or servant, learned or unlearned, all are alike welcome to the throne of grace, if they come in faith. It is explained by a comparison taken from earthly parents, and their readiness to give their children what they ask. Parents are often foolishly fond, but God is all-wise; he knows what we need, what we desire, and what is fit for us. Let us never suppose our heavenly Father would bid us pray, and then refuse to hear, or give us what would be hurtful. ~ Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

Thankfully, Grant was a little better by morning. He has been resting on the couch enjoying his favorite books, selected DVDs, and the many kisses his younger brother insists on giving him - of course, all while snuggling with his blanket.


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