By Myra Thrift
Three beautiful little blonde girls out for lunch with their grandmother. It was easy to see this was not the first time they had been to a restaurant and it was not the first time they had been out in public together.
Obviously hungry and ready for their meal, the girls sat anxiously waiting as their youthful grandmother delivered a “Happy Meal” to each one. Excited to see what their prize was, each one started to empty the cardboard container.
“We pray first,” the grandmother said. “First, we pray.”
One by one, the girls folded their tiny hands, placed them beneath their chins, bowed their heads and began to sing in unison, “God our Father, God our Father, We thank You, We thank You, For our many blessings, For our many blessings, Amen, Amen.”
Watching the little scene play out I was moved to tears. Not for these little girls. It’s plain to see they have been taught from the very first that they are the children of God, that they are to behave, that they are to be grateful and that they are to thank God for their blessings, especially before a meal is consumed.
I couldn’t help but think of the multiple thousands of children who are being deprived of this type of discipline, that they are not being taught to love and honor God and they are not being taught to behave, especially in public.
This would be a much different world if every little girl and every little boy was taught from the beginning that they are to be thankful and that they are to behave when they are at the dinner table.
These little girls were not ashamed. They didn’t care that they were in the middle of a busy restaurant. They were not concerned that they were being taught discipline and good behavior. They had not thought of not saying that prayer. They immediately began to sing that prayer and it was clear it was not the first time they had done so.
I don’t know their names. I had never seen their little faces. And I was not acquainted with their grandmother. But what I saw moved me to tears.
As I started to leave after eating my lunch, I stopped by the table and asked the lady if they were her little girls. She said they were her grandchildren. I told her I was so impressed with what I saw and commended her for “good job, good job.”
On a daily basis, I get to see sights similar to this with adults who stop and pray before they eat. I’ve seen my children and my grandchildren do the same. I have seen a few other children do so. But I don’t think I have ever been so moved by the actions of a group of little girls.
Maybe it’s the current atmosphere in the world of politics, the recent heartbreaking actions of a few against the people who every day go about doing their job of protecting all of us.
Whatever it was, I just thank the Lord that I was privileged to see such a beautiful sight and to witness one of the most important things in life.
Proverbs 22:6 instructs parents to “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
These little girls will surely meet with some bumps and knocks along life’s journey. But it’s abundantly clear that they are getting the proper foundation from those charged with their care and training.
Lord give this world more parents and grandparents who are not only concerned for their children’s bellies but for their souls as well.
By Myra Thrift