Yesterday morning I was getting ready to leave and make an early hospital visit before my other appointments. I brought my toast and my coffee to the table, where Gram and Adah were already sitting. I sat down and took a few bites of my toast, thinking about everything I had to do today. Gram interrupted my thoughts by saying, “Look at Adah.” I looked, and she was clapping her hands together — only she didn’t pull them apart after each clap. She’d clap her hands and hold her palms together, then look at me pointedly. Then she did it again. Gram said, “She wants you to pray.” I realized that I had, in fact, not prayed before beginning to eat my breakfast. Every morning Adah and I pray before we eat, and today I’d forgotten — until she reminded me.

Is this why we teach our children the gospel? So they can remind us when we forget? How will we pass on the Word of the Lord if we can’t even remember all the time? By the Spirit who lives in our baptized children as well as in our own hearts.

And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the son of David; they were sore displeased, and said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? (Matt 21:15-16 kjv)

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. (i john 3.23-24 kjv)