Friday, October 19, 2012

I've Been Thinking

Ya'll, my baby brother is getting married tomorrow, and it has me all sappy and sentimental which is probably Eric's least favorite state for me to be in.  He's just not that way.  Of course weddings are always emotional, but being pregnant may just send me over the edge, not to mention that I'm singing.  There's a point in the song I lose it every time and just start crying. Please pray that I make it through, or at least produce a somewhat attractive cry face!  Ha!

So, here is what I've been thinking about.  My parents prayed daily for not only the three of us (me, Amy, and Clay)  they also continually prayed for our future spouses.  It blows me away to think that my parents were praying for Eric before I could even sleep through the night!  I am so grateful they did.  Marriage is so sacred and so beautiful, and I can't imagine going into it without Christ. 

I am blessed beyond measure to have a strong and healthy marriage.  We may face challenges of other kinds, but Eric and I share a love, a respect, an adventure in life that truly humbles my heart.  I'm not naive to think there won't be rough days, but I am confident that the Lord will sustain us. After all, my parents have prayed daily for this union for the past 26 years.

I too pray for Eli's future spouse.  I want him to know a love and joy like I have found in Eric.  I want him to see how marriage reflects the love of Christ in a way that no other relationship possibly can. I want Eli to know the same intimacy and strength that I find in my own marriage.

So as my brother prepares to say "I do,"  I have been burdened to not only continue praying for my son's mate, but to let those request become more specific.  

In a state of pure sentiment I went searching on youtube for a song that captured my heart.  As a disclaimer I must say this was a bad idea.  I'm sure the engineers in the office next to mine thought I was a blubbering mess when they walked in to find me sobbing to the words below.  Ha!

However, they are true.  They are pure, and they are the prayer of my heart for my son and my future daughter in law.  

 

A MOTHER’S PRAYER 
Words by Bonnie J. Barbey 
Music by Kay Crawford 



A PRECIOUS LITTLE BABY BOY TUCKED IN HIS MOTHER’S ARMS 


LISTENS AS SHE ASKS HER LORD TO KEEP HIM SAFE FROM HARM 


HE LOOKS AT HER IN WONDER, AS HE HEARS HIS MOMMA PRAY 

FOR GOD TO BLESS THE BABY GIRL WHO WILL MARRY HIM SOMEDAY 



KEEP HER SAFE, MAKE HER STRONG 

GUARD HER BODY, HEART, AND SOUL 


AND LET HER LIFE BE FILLED WITH LOVE 


LIGHT THE PATH THAT SHE’S BEGUN 

GIVE HER FAITH, FOR SHE’S THE ONE 

WHO WILL GROW INTO THE WOMAN WHO 


WILL STAND BESIDE MY SON 



WADING POOLS AND BIG BOY TOOLS, HIS BUSY HANDS AT PLAY 

SOMEWHERE THERE’S OTHER TINY HANDS THAT WILL JOIN WITH HIS ONE DAY 


MOM’S HEART GOES OUT ACROSS THE MILES AS SHE SEEKS HER FATHER’S FACE 


PRAYERS RISE INTO HEAVEN, TRANSCENDING TIME AND SPACE 



KEEP HER SAFE, MAKE HER STRONG 

GUARD HER BODY, HEART, AND SOUL 


AND LET HER LIFE BE FILLED WITH LOVE 


LIGHT THE PATH THAT SHE’S BEGUN 

GIVE HER FAITH, FOR SHE’S THE ONE 

WHO WILL GROW INTO THE WOMAN WHO 


WILL STAND BESIDE MY SON 



A LOVELY BRIDE COMES DOWN THE AISLE, MOM’S EYES ARE FILLED WITH TEARS 

HER SON IS JOINING WITH THE ONE SHE’S PRAYED FOR ALL THESE YEARS 

SHE SEES GOD’S HAND, HIS PERFECT PLAN IN THE COUPLE STANDING THERE 

SHE BREATHES A SIGH OF THANKS TO GOD WHO HEARD A MOTHER’S PRAYER 



KEEP HER SAFE, MAKE HER STRONG 

GUARD HER BODY, HEART, AND SOUL 


AND LET HER LIFE BE FILLED WITH LOVE 

LIGHT THE PATH THAT SHE’S BEGUN 


GIVE HER FAITH, FOR SHE’S THE ONE 

WHO HAS GROWN INTO THE WOMAN WHO 


NOW STANDS BESIDE MY SON 




THE MARRIAGE VOWS ARE SPOKEN, EXCHANGING OF THE RINGS 

AND SHE PRAYS, “OH FATHER, NOW I COME AND ASK FOR ONE MORE THING” 



KEEP THEM SAFE, MAKE THEM STRONG 


GUARD THEIR BODIES, HEARTS AND SOULS 

AND LET THEIR HOME BE FILLED WITH LOVE 


LIGHT THE PATH THEY’VE NOW BEGUN 


GIVE THEM FAITH, FOR THEY’RE THE ONES 


WHO WILL GROW INTO A COUPLE WHO WILL GLORIFY YOUR SON 


 


It breaks my heart to think of how quickly that day is coming, but it gives me peace to know that the Lord will be with Eli and his future wife.  After all, he's been orchestrating their union since before he knit Eli in my womb.  

1 comment:

  1. I love this sweet post. I think and pray a lot about the women my sons will marry too. Congratulations to Clay, I'm sure you sang beautifully!

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