Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?
Some say that heaven is far away,
But I feel it close around me as I pray.
Heavenly Father, I remember now
Something that Jesus told disciples long ago:
"Suffer the children to come to me."
Father, in prayer I'm coming now to thee.
Pray, He is there.
Speak, He is listening.
You are His child.
His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayers.
He loves the children.
Of such is the kingdom,
The kingdom of heaven.
We sang this in Relief Society at church today to go with our lesson about strengthening families. I only sang the first two lines and then mostly listened. It was pretty emotional for me. For one thing, I suddenly remembered a time in my late teen years when I was feeling very alone and pretty lost. My prayer that night started with the words to this song: "Heavenly Father, are you really there?" At that moment of loneliness, the words I had learned as a little child came to my mind and helped me to talk to a Heavenly Father that I felt so distant from. And He was there. He heard my prayer, just like the song promised.
I continued to be emotional as I listened to the words of the song and realized that now I'm the parent who is responsible for making sure my child knows he has a Father in Heaven that loves him and will listen to his prayers. It's my job to foster that relationship between Cohen and the only person that can be with him and guide him through every situation in his life.
I'm grateful for prayer and eternally grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who hears and answers those prayers. We are His children! He wants desperately for us to succeed and be happy! Isn't it a beautiful thing?