Words and music by Janice Kapp Perry
Joel Hills Johnson Music Contest, Children’s Song Division First Place Winner
(Sequence: Child sings verse 1, adult sings verse 2, then sing verses 1 and 2 together)
1. Heavenly Father, are you really there?
And do you hear and answer ev’ry 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.
2. Pray, he is here;
Speak, he is list’ning.
You are his child;
His love now surrounds you.
He hears your prayer;
He loves the children.
Of such is the kingdom,
The kingdom of heav’n.
Photography by Wes Taylor