Daily Word of Grace # 73 (June 25, 2020)
On his final album, Double Fantasy (1980), John Lennon has a lullaby entitled “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” that he wrote for his son Sean: “Close your eyes, have no fear. The monster’s gone, he’s on the run and your daddy’s here. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy. Before you go to sleep, say a little prayer. Every day in every way it’s getting better and better. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy…Before you cross the street, take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy.” Little did John Lennon know when he wrote this that he would be shot outside his apartment building in New York City on December 8, 1980—and that his son Sean would spend the rest of his earthly life without his earthly father. In a rooftop conversation one night Jesus told a Pharisee named Nicodemus, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life” (John 3:16). In other words, God loves you so much he gave his “beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy” in order to save you from your sin and give you eternal life. This means John’s words to Sean are God’s words to you, “Close your eyes, have no fear. The monster’s gone, he’s on the run and your daddy’s here”—and regardless of what you encounter in your life that happens to you “while you’re busy making other plans” God’s plan for your salvation will indeed be accomplished.
Love and Prayers,