“This then is how you should pray:

Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory, now and forever, Amen.”

Matthew 6:9-13

One of my earliest memories as a child is of looking through the tiny “window” of a little cross necklace, a gift from my grandmother. I was fascinated with what I saw, a little girl kneeling in prayer with The Lord’s Prayer written out to her right. As a four year old child (who could read by the way), it was like getting a glimpse of Heaven. That necklace was special not just because of who it was from, but because it gave me a sense of who I belonged to… God Himself was my Father in Heaven.

Not long after I received the cross necklace my “earthly” Father left us. Life was hard for my mother, brother, sister and me, but reading the words behind the little window gave me comfort and hope no matter how bad things got. Through the years I would kneel by the side of my bed at night to say prayers, thinking that I was the little girl in that cross, kneeling before my Father in Heaven. Every time I would look through that little “window” a different word or part of that prayer would speak to me. I was learning to “go to the cross” for comfort and hope.

My habit of going to the cross helped me as a child and in a larger sense has helped me over the years to cling to the Lord and His Word through all of life’s good times and bad.

The little prayer that I first saw tucked away in my cross necklace, taught me that I am not alone. God Himself has thought about what I need and He will always, in all ways, be with me.