Child’s prayer brings home God’s message

By Sabrina Farmer: Guest Columnist

The e-mail’s intent was administrative, not prophetic, and held no hidden meaning. Or did it?

“Vision Sunday canceled” was what the subject line read.

I knew the heart of the church leadership well enough to understand this communication from a year ago was about taking time to concentrate on our families and loved ones during the holidays. It still had a hollow ring to it. I couldn’t shake it and began to wonder if I had quietly allowed the activity of the holidays to overshadow the meaning of it.

It’s like that with things we already have under our belt. We tend to take them for granted, and they tend to lose their edge.

Most of us know the meaning of Christmas is that Jesus came. We’ve heard it so many times, so many ways, our tendency is to hear it as redundancy and quietly tune the reality of it out.

“But, what if he came today? What would we do if he showed up today?” I mused as I readied myself for Sunday morning worship a few days later. Tears streamed down my cheeks even during the singing of a few songs as I sensed his presence. In that K.I.D.S. Church service on Dec. 5, 2004, he most assuredly did show up.

Young Jeremy Scales was the one most enthusiastically volunteering to pray for the morning offering. As he did, the Breath of Heaven filled the room.

“Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying on the cross … I pray in the name of you, Jesus,” he prayed as passionately as I’ve ever heard a 9-year-old in a voice and manner distinctly his own.

After he closed, Diana Sweet, our children’s pastor, looked at me and we both were so choked up nothing could be said for a few minutes. Most unusually, we had the complete attention of each child in the room as I gathered myself to explain why “Miss Diana” couldn’t speak.

“ … There are times when we are teaching you children that we are not sure if you get it. Sometimes you are fidgety and it doesn’t seem like you are paying attention. But when Jeremy prayed like that just now, we know he has the Gospel of Jesus in his heart,” I told them.

“And, that’s what I want for each and every one of you,” Diana completed the explanation.

Each one, every one, individually, uniquely young, old, short, tall, with all of the little things that make us us, are why Jesus came to be born in a stable to die on a cross.

He left the transcendent wealth and glory of heaven in search of greater treasure. He came to take back the treasure of all creation, the hearts and souls of mankind, of you and I, individually and uniquely.

It’s there. It may be hard to see from our Earth-bound view, but it is there nonetheless — something of far more worth than houses, diamonds, that cute little outfit at the mall, that new dining room furniture, the new house … oh, you know what I’m talking about.

The most extreme makeover was done 2,000 years ago. Redemption’s power to remake us into “new creations” may not be the newest thing in town, but it is definitely the greatest.

I’m glad Jeremy Scales gets it. Do you? Do I? Are we willing to go after that most valued treasure and win even one heart with the transcendent love of heaven?

Jesus came and the world was never the same, because of “good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.”

Sabrina Farmer is a Clovis resident and member of Legacy Life Family Church. Contact her at: tfarmer@plateautel.net