So you might notice that I tend to blog in themes.  I have a few of them and I rarely post twice in a row about the same one.  But, I am carrying on with tradition and my theme around the Primary song, I Am a Child of God.

A few weeks ago I was with a friend who was really having a hard time.  As I sat with my arms around her, I desperately wanted to sing her a song and I Am a Child of God popped into my head.  I quickly dismissed it, though, as my singing a song about  to her didn’t quite feel right.  I have often felt that way as I have sung the song to many other children as a lullaby or for comfort over the years.

So I felt the need to rectify this situation.  How could this beloved song be sung to another person?  I spent some time thinking and this is what I came up with.  Some of the words have to be sung in a slightly different rhythm than the original, but it does all work.  I have been a little too shy to try singing it to my daughter as she is very into “rejecting” songs with her adamant, “NOOOO,” and I definitely don’t have the voice to sing a solo and post it here, so you’ll just have to sing it to yourself.

Our family, photo by Roberts Imaging, used with permission

Our family, photo by Roberts Imaging, used with permission

You are a child of God

And He has sent you here

Has given you an Earthly home

With parents kind and dear

 

They’ll lead you, guide you,

Walk beside you

Help you find the way

Teach you all that you must do

To live with Him someday

 

You are a child of God

And so your needs are great

He’ll help you understand His words

Before it grows too late.

 

He’ll lead you, guide you

walk beside you,

Help you find the way

Teach you all that you must do

To live with Him someday

 

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Our daughter Lilly, used with permission

You are a Child of God

Rich blessing are in store

I’ll help you learn to do His will

So you’ll live with Him once more

 

I’ll lead you, guide you,

Walk beside you

Help you find the way

Teach you all that we must do,

To live with Them someday.

I tried to change it up a little bit, giving it different perspectives as appropriate for different time of/in life.  Maybe it can give you some comfort now or later (because life just SUCKS sometimes, let’s be honest).

We are blessed, though, with friends, family, church leaders, and inspiration directly for us and the general population as a whole;  all which work together to help us get from where we are to a better place–ultimately to live with our Father in Heaven “once more.”  This is my hope and prayer at least.

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    My daughter had her 11th birthday yesterday… she’s a very headstrong girl, too. I couldn’t help but think of that when you described her in your bio and think, “Whoa, she’s gonna have some real fun in the years ahead if she’s anything like mine!”

    My son turned six at the end of last March, and he’s started to enjoy singing “I Am A Child of God” now. Julie is grateful he will sing that sometimes instead of TV show themes, especially on a Sunday. He hasn’t picked up the alternate words “with parents kind of weird” yet the way Julie’s brothers supposedly did back in the day, but he wouldn’t be wrong: we are kind of weird ;)

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    Laurie Campbell

    Megan, I love your blog and how the “I Am a Child of God” song breaks below the photo of your daughter Lily. I sort of started from the bottom up and thought you were talking about what our children teach us. That is so true, also. Think of this in terms of your child singing to you:

    “You are a Child of God, Rich blessings are in store, I’ll help you learn to do His will, So you’ll live with Him once more, I’ll lead you, guide you, Walk beside you, Help you find the way, Teach you all that we must do, To live with Them someday.”

    Just a thought…..

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    Megan Dahlgren

    Laurie,

    That is beautiful, and SO TRUE! Thanks for sharing. Even though she is only two, I have already learned so much from Lilly and know there is only more to come with future kids.

    Jonathan,

    I am sure that Lilly will pick of the alternative lyrics. I accept that label gladly, just so I don’t feel hypocritically when I apply it to others!