Monday, January 12, 2009

Praying for Those We Love, Or Something Like That

Last night, in a moment of blinding inspiration, I suggested that we do something a little different for family prayer. Instead of one person voicing the prayer for all of us, we would take turns praying, giving thanks for each member of the family and asking God to bless each person individually. Brilliant-Mommy had visions of a sweet, bonding experience as the children tenderly expressed their love for each other in prayer.

It worked for a few minutes.

Then it was Mia's turn. "Dear Heavenly Father, why am I thankful for Eric?"

Mommy interrupted in a whisper, "No, Mia--YOU think of reasons you are thankful for Eric and tell Heavenly Father in your prayer."

l-o-o-o-o-o-o-ng pause.

"Dear Heavenly Father, why exactly am I thankful for Eric? 'Cuz I don't know."

Poor boy. On the other hand, I had some sympathy for Mia. Even as adult I've had my own moments of wondering about some of my siblings...

3 comments:

Krio Tity said...

Fabulous! I love how you capture the moment in your writing.
It's funny and yet - it also touches on sibling frustrations??? I'm glad my siblings are not close by -- although I still get frustrated with them when we talk on the phone

Becky and Chris said...

Nights where you feel like you need to tie your kids down to pray are quite common for us but for some reason that spirit you wanted during this very important moment can't quite make it. We've also had those prayer where each child prays that the other one will be good, ugh.

Becky and Chris said...

By the way, how was the Clueless party? It's a good thing I didn't go as I had to make two cakes and prepare for the boys bday party. It would have been very fun to see again.