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"If you find me short in things, impute that to my love of brevity. If you find me besides the truth in anything, impute that to my infirmity. But if you find anything here that serves to your furtherance and joy of the faith, impute that to the mercy of God bestowed on you and me."
John Bunyan
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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Sometimes you end up in weird conversations with kids. Like last night after Jacob & i read a children's story book about the sinking of the Titanic. When it came time to pray the chat went like this:

Jake: Don't forget to pray for the survivors of the Titanic.

Me: Jake, they all died years ago.

Jake: No the survivors, the ones who didn't die, the ones who were saved and went to New York. (He had a little frustration in his voice)

Me: Dude, that was years ago and all the survivors grew old and died.

Jake: No, i mean the ones in the lifeboats.

Me: Dude, i mean them too, this thing happened years and years ago.

Jake: Well we can still pray for them.

Me: We don't pray for the dead.

Jake: Why not?

Me: Because they're dead, we're reformed, and we don't pray for the dead.

[Silence]

Jake: "Lord we pray for the survivors of the Titanic . . ."

2 comments:

Joel said...

While the papist in me enjoys his perseverance, another thought comes to mind: Man may be bound by time, but God is not. Maybe He blessed those survivors in some way in response to a prayer He knew a little boy would pray after they had died.

Gary Boal said...

Agree about his perseverance, it's commendable. I hadn't considered God's being outside time restraints and prayer before in this way. Interesting thought...

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