Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Poke and a Prayer
We have always taken a minute or two after tucking the kids in to think about things we are thankful for during the day. I am not sure exactly when our middle child started adding the pope to her nightly list but I am sure I commented on what a good thing this was to do as this was surely no easy job. Our youngest, not wanting to be bested in any way or not wanting to leave ANYONE out (or speed up the process of the lights getting turned off) started to add the pope to his nightly list too. However, he thought his older sibling had said the "poke". So every night for about a year we gave thanks for the poke. I always pictured God chuckling when he was asked for this odd special request. (I also imagine being all knowing would come in handy trying to interpret the mind of a child.)
While this story is dear to my motherly heart, it also reminds me of the need we have to pray for those who guide and lead us in our faith. Especially lately when ideas that are not readily welcomed by society are discussed. It is never an easy thing to share unpopular truths. The pope, bishops, and priests are people, and no person likes to be unloved or unwelcomed. What strength of character it must take to speak truth when it is not popular. How trusting in the Lord they must be to get up infront of masses of people and speak on things that make some present squirm and bristle. How lovingly generous they are to do the work they do.
So...Thank you priests, bishops, and pope! May the Holy Spirit guide and strengthen you!-joze