Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken

Friday Music: Out of the Mouths of Babes

We have a bit of a family tradition in our house. One of the parents puts the two-year-old girl down for the night while the other puts the 4- and 7-year-old boys to bed. For some reason, I had responsibility for the boys for four straight nights. At the end of all the stories, songs, and general procrastination, we pray. On the first night, the 4-year-old is praying and suddenly says, “help me to change my ways and to know my name as it’s called again.” Of course, the 7-year-old protests, “You can’t pray that – it’s from a song.” I almost agreed and then realized – ‘hey, that’s a prayer that would have benfitted me more than once over the years.’ I explained to the 7-year-old that these are actually things we want – to change our behavior and to hear when God calls us. The next two nights, the 4-year-old prayed in the same manner (and has several times since). On the third night, after the 4-year -old offered the same prayer, the 7-year old prayed, having heard “Shame” by the Avett Brothers just after dinner. He said, “Thank you Lord for taking the blame for us and making it so we don’t have to live in shame anymore.” All I can say – to either prayer – is Amen.

Here are the lyrics for “Shame”, but the relevant part is the refrain:

Shame, boatloads of shame
Day after day, more of the same
Blame, please lift it off
Please take it off, please make it stop

Here are the lyrics for “The Cave”, but the relevant part is the refrain:

And I’ll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I’ll know my name as it’s called again




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