Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Things I Prayed For

Contemporary Christian musician, Eli, sounds an awful lot like Cat Stevens...which is, in the opinion of this writer, a very good thing. He made a few records as a signed artist but is now independent and able to be found on Facebook and at Jesus Freak Hideout. For those who know him for the relatively old song that is the subject of this post, it's probably making you smile right now to hear he's still at it.



THINGS I PRAYED FOR
Words and music by Eli
c. 1998, Song On The Forefront Music (SESAC)

Things I prayed for when I was young:
that my father would love me like his only son
that my mother would be patient with me
and my sister would not leave
and if my grandpa could see me beyond his grave
that he'd think his little man was so brave
that my hair would not stick up in weird places
and I'd be someone someday

Years go by so easily that sometimes I forget
Years go by and make me see that there's no time for my regrets

Things I prayed for in my teens:
that God would forgive all my evil deeds
that my father and my sister would come home
and that mom could meet our needs
and if my grandpa could see me beyond his grave
that he'd say a prayer for his family's sake
that my hair would stick up in weird places
and I'd be someone someday

Years go by...

Things I pray for now in my twenties:
that God will still love me
that my dad will like his new family
that I could hug my sister
that my mom could rest
that my wife would still melt every time we kiss
and if my grandpa has seen me beyond his grave
so cold and silent he has remained
that my hair would not fall out in weird places
and I'd be someone someday

Truth is...prayer can be just this personal, just this practical, and just this adaptable to the moment. That is also a very good thing.

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