“The Room Quiets Down”

For the last week or so I have prepared devotions for our 12 year old twin sons to do when they get up in the morning. Mostly because they would normally gravitate toward watching nonsense on YouTube or something. Not the best way to begin your day.

And the last couple of days they’ve had devotions based on Psalm 23. This morning the focus was verse 2–3 where it says: He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. He leads me beside quiet waters. He gives me new strength (NIrV).

I also had them read Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all you who are tired and are carrying heavy loads. I will give you rest.

Then I had them answer the following question: What’s one way God provides a time or place to rest?

My son Henry, ever one with words, answered this way: “When I pray often the room quiets down.”

Wow. Is it any wonder Jesus tells his disciples that we should become like little children?

I thought that phrase—the room quiets down—was so insightful and wonderful that I wanted to share it. I asked him if I could share his words and he said ok.

How often do our souls need quieting down? How often do we find ourselves weary and in need of rest? How often does life simply seem like too much? How often are we surrounded with noise?

When I pray often the room quiets down.

Enough said. I really can’t add more to my son’s words.

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