Friday, January 30, 2009

Wills--mine and His

TWO WEEKS AGO (or so)


SCENE: The bedroom. It's about 10:30 p.m. and Charlotte and Eric are kneeling by the bed, saying their evening prayer.


Charlotte (praying): . . . and please, if it by Thy will, bless Heather that she will learn to fall asleep without crying for so long beforehand.

(Charlotte continues on, praying for the health and safety of family members and friends, etc. She eventually finishes and leans up to Eric for her goodnight kiss. Eric is snickering.)

Charlotte (pretending to be annoyed): What? What's so funny? Don't YOU want Heather to be able to go to bed without crying?

Eric (genially): Well sure, but I just don't think it's going to happen.

Charlotte (with exasperation): Why not? It might be the Lord's will. Maybe He's just waiting for us to ask Him.

Eric: Well sure, it might be the Lord's will, but I'm pretty sure that it isn't Heather's will. It's Heather's will that's the problem here.



END SCENE

(And no-Heather didn't stop crying before bedtime as a result of the heartfelt prayer of our fair heroine.)




* * *


LAST NIGHT


SCENE: The bedroom. It's about 10:30 p.m. and Charlotte and Eric are kneeling by the bed, saying their evening prayer.


Charlotte (praying): . . . and if it be Thy will, please bless Heather tomorrow that she will be easily amused and happy while we're at the opera company together. And if it is not Thy will, then please help me to be easy-going and calm and to take things as they come without getting angry or frustrated. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Charlotte leans in to Eric for her goodnight kiss. Eric is not snickering, probably because he has had to deal with a frustrated semi-irrational Charlotte a few times in the past few weeks, and thus is hoping with all that he has that this particular prayer will be answered.


END SCENE


The second prayer was answered.

Boy, was it ever.






Isn't it nice when your will and the Lord's will end up being the same?





1 comment:

Bamamoma said...

oh man is it ever. And it is even better when your will and His will and her will all end up being the same. :)

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