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Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep ...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Jude took the initiative on bedtime prayers tonight, something that happens only rarely. It's nice to see, and refreshing to only give prompts here and there.

Many parents will teach their children some kind of "scripted" prayer, often in the form of a verse or a poem, for their nighttime ritual. I remember praying the same formulaic prayer until well past ten; though it was not rhyming, it may as well have been for how well I had it memorized.

Our goal with bedtime prayers is two-fold: to help our children see God as a loving Father, from whom all things come, and to whom we can go whenever we need it (and any time we don't think we do, either.) We have never taught them the traditional bedtime verse that this post draws its title from, but we find that our prayer does follow a sort of set "pattern." (Jude often gets his bedtime prayers mixed up with the mealtime prayers--which is okay, but humourous.)

"Bless our bodies, bless our food," he began.

"Are we eating right now, Jude?" I said while pulling the covers up to Noah's chin, while he cuddled (!) the two trucks he had brought to bed with him.

"Nooo!" he said, in that 'silly me!' voice. "Help us grow up to be wise men..." He paused. I gave a prompt.

"Thank you for..." This part of the prayer usually comes up with different responses every night, but usually along the same two themes: family members, or things we got to do that day.

"Thank you for Mommy, and Daddy, and Noah and Jabin and me, and--" then he went into a rather loooong and detailed list of all his friends. We had a short discussion about the family he didn't see in church this morning among them, and then I turned to Noah.

"What are you thankful for, Noah?" wanting him to learn to participate, too, and expecting an answer along a similar bent.

Through his still-slurred language, I deciphered his response.

"Dora. Boots. Backpack." And that was the end of his list.

I feel so special.

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9 comments

  1. Awwww, cute! T'was funny because your song was the perfect length for the post.

    I was thinking of saying "kiss my Honey" for me when you see him when I immediately thought what the HECK am I asking? So, since he DID tell me what your surprise was - spoiler:( - maybe you could you kiss my other honey for me. :) THANK YOU, my sweet and generous friend!

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  2. You are right about how we need to be patient when the little ones pray...

    I think you're doing a great job of teaching them!

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  3. the kid is smart!lol.
    you know... id like to have kids right now.. but theres the whole financial thing now that we are just starting off on our married life.. sigh. so i just have to wait.

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  4. Colleen - You must be a speedy reader. I can't get through that post that quickly.

    I'll save the honey-kissing for you. Wait. I'll let you kiss your own honey, and I'll kiss mine. Deal? And I hope you enjoy every second with both the honeys we will be sending back in your direction!

    Paul - Thanks!

    Grafx - Good thinking. Once you start, there's no putting them back! Sounds like it would be good for you guys to figure out your own "groove" first, too, before throwing a kid into the mix. (Kids only add stress, not take it away. The best gift you can give them is for you and Daddy to have a solid relationship, which is easiest to establish before they come along.) Hugs!

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  5. Haha, they're so cute. It's interesting to get insight on what little kids think. Dora is important to Noah. Why not? Lost and 24 is important to me. I make sure I make it home in time every Monday and Wednesday to watch. So "Thank you Lord for Jack Bauer, who is my generations MacGeiver. Amen."

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  6. Ang - You are so awesome. And funny. Never seen 24. But you have a point.

    [Still chuckling...]

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  7. That is just sooo sweet Talena! Great to have the boys participate and that they want to talk to the Lord. "...wise men..." I'm sure God will honor that. Love ya!

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  8. I LOVE your writing. How beautiful! Vixter sent me here from Myspace.

    Kendra

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  9. Dawn - :-)

    Kendra - Welcome! Feel free to drop by my place and grab a cuppa any time you want! (And thanks for the compliment!)

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