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Topic: Mothers (05/02/05)
TITLE: Bedside Chats
By Donna Butler
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When my daughters learned to walk, I found them wandering to my bedside, with a thought or a fear or a concern. A cherished memory from my own childhood, I never could deny them that sweet time in the middle of the night to be consoled or comforted. As they have grown through the years, I leave just enough room for them to sit at my bedside, share their heart, exchange a glance. We too, spend moments laughing knowing that their father, one very sound sleeper would never be awakened even by our loudest voice, much less our whispers.
These chats are not every night occurrences. They are reserved for those special times in their lives when left alone to their own thoughts, restless in their own blankets, they cannot find a conclusion. Issues brought home, traumas from middle school, a mean word said, a push, a shove, a hurt, a boyfriend, a friend turned enemy, an unfair employer, a lost friend, a grounding, a punishment. With each year, the issues have changed as they have matured into young women looking for answers guiding them in their own lives, drawing them into a deeper relationship with our Lord, seeking to be Godly women in a world consumed with self; self-righteousness, self-pity, self-destruction.
I take these tender moments with my daughters and I think, just one more day Lord and just another prayer. This is all we need, one more day and just another prayer, that our praise and worship will rise in a sweet fragrance to our Father. I find myself on many nights stopping at their bedroom doors and thanking God for them, lifting them up to Him in prayer, asking His protection over them. I pray they always hold dear our bedside chats, wisdom shared, our soft whispers. Mostly I pray they always believe there is one more day Lord and just another prayer and that day is today, that prayer is now.
"I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search." Psalm 77:6 KJ
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