Finding God in All Things

prayers to my daughter… #15

“I don’t know. I just make it up!” You said as you mumbled through a line of a song from the movie Moana between bites of cereal.

“Do you know what it means?” I asked to which you gave me a blank stare.

“Nope.” And you went on mumbling the lyrics.

As the song continues, it comes to a line you knew and you belt out, “What’s wrong with me?”

I glance up to watch you shout, “Nothing!”

I laugh because it is a word your mom and I have inserted numerous times before, and this time you’ve picked up the words without us.

I pray you always remember that there is nothing wrong with you. You are a gift to us from God just like every other life that blesses our earth. I pray you remember this when times are tough, and someone steals a toy or bullies you at school. Because there will be days when it is immensely difficult to see God in someone else. But, we are called to find God in all things.

So when you find it challenging to do so, take a breath and think of why they are causing you problems. Think about how they may have had a tough day or a tough week. Perhaps their moms and dads are away for work and they didn’t get a bedtime story the night before.

Remind yourself that you will have bad days too, so cut them some slack once or twice. Then, if it continues, tell me, or mom, or your teacher. Because sometimes there are just mean people out there and no matter how much you love them and tell them that they are loved, they won’t hear it. That’s when you find others to help you. There are powers in numbers and other voices might get through to those people who are having a rough go of it.

And if that fails you, come find me. We’ll figure something out even if it means we have to take a short tangent and talk about power and privilege and community organizing. But those are entirely different topics for a much later day. For now, just remember that there is nothing wrong with you and sing along with Moana while you eat cereal.

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