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Good morning, Lord.  Thank you for another day in the promised land of a new relationship with you.  We like it here.  We carry the promised land with us whatever our circumstances are.  Thank you for teaching us how to be desert warriors.

Lord, I have to admit that it is a great priviledge to be a father to Melanie and Michelle.  I walk Michelle to school every morning five blocks to BAICA, the International Christian School in San Fernando.  We moved here specifically to be close to the school.  Every morning we sing a silly song that I remember from my childhood from a show called Mr. Rogers.  Now that´s really dating myself.  “It´s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  It´s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.  Won´t you be mine?  Won´t you be mine?  Won´t you be my neighbor?”  And then Michelle always adds “hood” again and then breaks out laughing.  We must have done that a 100 times and she still gets a kick out of it.

Lord, one of the best things about going to a Christian school is that they keep the topic of you and the Bible front and centre.  There is homework and questions are brought up.  Today she was asking some rather good questions about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6.  I never had to try to explain it to a ten year old before so it was quite challenging.  I enjoyed it.  But after school, she really got to me.  She asked me when she became a Christian.

Lord, you know that the desire of my heart is that she declare herself for you.  We´ve talked about it before, of course, and why you died on the cross and the problem of the sin cancer that we all have and how we treat you as if you don´t exist when you are the Creator of the Universe and we are totally dependent on you every moment whether we realize it or not.  She sort of gets all that but I think that they asked her in school when she became a Christian and she didn´t know how to answer that question.

Of course, there are all kinds of theological issues involved in the answer.  My reformed background believes in infant baptism but with a confession of faith in the later years of highschool.  Many others claim that only believers baptism as an adult is right.  The Anglican tradition of my wife would encourage her to take her first communion and so on.  In the end, I decided to go in a different direction altogether and encouraged her to talk to God right now and tell Him how much she loved Him and give her life to him again this very minute.

She didn´t take me up on it but I think that she got the point that you can grow up loving God and still need to talk to Him and tell Him that she believes and trusts in His protection through the cross and that she will show her loyalty by how she lives.  Anyway, Lord, those are the moments that I live for.  I pray with all my heart that both Melanie and Michelle (and Nicole and Andrew) would give their lives to you and learn to become desert warriors whose only goal in life is to please you.  I belong to you.  In your name, I pray.  Amen

The Desert Warrior

The Adventure of Grace by Bert A. Amsing
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