Yesterday, I was reading the story of Samuel to Harper (I have been trying to read him bible stories every night). He loves his bible. In the story, Samuel hears his name called three times in the middle of the night. The high priest, Eli, advises Samuel to reply with, “Lord, I am listening” when next he hears the call. Samuel does and the Lord begins speaking to him and uses Samuel as his prophet.
Laying next to Harper, I explained that God speaks to us in many ways, but sometimes he speaks to us directly either in our dreams or when awake. He leaned in close to me and in the most innocent and sweet way asked, “Daddy, will you pray for God to talk to me?” I nearly lost it because I have prayed for this since before Harper is born. On most nights, after Harper is asleep, I’ll go into Harper’s room, kiss him and place my hand on his forehead and offer up this prayer – that God will reveal himself to Harper and make him into a good man who loves God and others. So to hear my baby boy ask me to beseech God on his behalf fills me with joy and love for my son. I love you Harper so much that it hurts.