A child’s prayer

A child's prayer

My little four year old LE, I think, has been teaching me something about prayer. A little about patience. A little about the faith of a child. A little about thankfulness. But mostly about prayer.

At bedtime, you see, we read a little story, talk about it and then pray. And Bug, though she is a little older, goes first, because LE’s prayers go on and on and on and on and Bug invariably falls asleep.

“Dear God,” she begins.

“I love you so much I just want to kiss and hug you. When I get to heaven, I’m going to give you a big kiss right on the cheek and I’m never going to stop kissing and hugging you . . .”

[“um, Mommy? Do you think God would like it if I kissed him?” — “Yes, dear. I think God would like that.”]

“. . . Thank you for Mookie and for Tiggy and Bug and Bear and Mouse. And thank you for giving us such a good mommy and daddy. Thank you for Bunny and my bed and my sheets. Thank you for my bear and my ponies and my bus that says the ABC’s. Do you like my drawings on my wall? I made those for you. And thank you for my wall . . . “

And my mind started wandering in there somewhere after thanking God for her wall. And I prayed my own prayer of thankfulness for this little girl overflowing with love for her God. And I prayed for a small measure of her thankfulness that sees everything around her as a beautiful gift.

“. . . and thank you for Jesus and octopuses and glasses. Amen.”

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    I Live in an Antbed

    February 17, 2012

    Oh, my! What a precious, precious little heart!! And what an incredible gift to your sweet family. 🙂

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    February 17, 2012

    What a sweet start to my morning! 🙂

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    Toni @ Carrigan's Joy

    February 17, 2012

    Oh, how beautiful! I’m crying over here. I’ve been slacking in my own prayer life and this really hit home with me…how to pray like a child. 🙂

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    February 17, 2012

    Love this. Octopuses and all. 🙂

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    February 17, 2012

    Wow! That is priceless. You have taught her well. What a charming, precious little girl.

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    February 17, 2012

    This made me smile, brought a tear, and convicted me all in one read! 🙂 Dana, your daughter’s sweet heart of thankfulness is too precious, and a great reminder to each of us to have an “attitude of gratitude.” Thank you, LE (and LE’s Mama). 🙂

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    February 17, 2012

    One of my favorite parts of life is watching my children grow in our faith.

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    February 18, 2012

    There is a reason we’re commanded to be like a little child and she is a prime example of why. What a sweet blessing she is.

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    February 19, 2012

    This is the way our relationship with G-d should be. This is how we should pray. Thank you for sharing!

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    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight

    February 22, 2012

    So precious!!! Yes, I want to soak up a bit of that overflowing gratitude!!
    What a gift of joy & encouragement you’ve given to my evening.
    Thank you, Dana!

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    February 22, 2012

    She is precious. 🙂 Thank you everyone!

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    February 25, 2012

    HAHAHA! I love this!


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