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It's The Little Things

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This morning, as I was making a shake for breakfast, Jabin crawled up into his usual chair and turned around, watching me from the dining room, hungry anticipation all over his face.

I whizzed and spun the first shake in the Bullet, then set it in front of him (or should I say "behind him?") on the table.

"You gotta pray for your shake, okay?"

Immediately, he folded his pudgy, almost-three-year-old fingers and said, "Dear God, Thank you for my shake. Amen!"

This prayer struck me. I love the simple innocence. Truly grateful, completely sincere, without any pretentious-sounding language to impress the listener--whether it be God or Mom.

It reminds me of the verse, "Unless you come before me as a little child..."

Let me be real. Let me be simple. And let me be grateful.

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8 comments

  1. Hi Talena,
    Just wanted to let you know I still check your blog regularly and can totally relate to your feelings of being far from family. I am not so far as you but it often feels like it!
    Also wanted to let you know I finally finished that Father's Day layout of my Dad I started at your house, ended up being two pages, with the second being some historical info I found on his ship.
    Hope this posts ok for me
    Hugs
    Margaret

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  2. Wow, it totally fits with what I have been feeling lately. Our world is so mixed up and when you just take a moment out of your day and pray a simple little prayer. It grounds you. To be a child again. Have a beautiful day :)
    Hugs and Love
    Anna

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  3. "Dear God, Thank you for my shake. Amen!"

    I have not heard something that cute and direct in a long long time!

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  4. So true. And thank God for our kids who teach us the simple truths about faith that we need to learn. how's things?

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  5. wonderfully genuine prayer!

    problem is... these days. if grownups pray like that....then they get weird looks from others!!!
    WHYYYY is that i dont know!!

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  6. Margaret - Yay! So glad to hear from you. And Yay! for finishing the layout. I bet it looks awesome. So cool that you got to preserve that memory--what a treasure. Say hi more often, okay? (I really miss home.)

    Anna - Nice to see you again. So true. I keep trying to remember that truth, lately. Ergh. Why is it so hard for us as adults to remember that?

    30in2005 - I think it was the directness that really got me. :-)

    Mom - :-)

    Dawn - Not good, thanks for asking. I've been having a really rough week. :-( I'm trying to snap out of it, but it's tough.

    Grafx - I guess the point is to pray how we want, and not to worry about how others look at us. Gotta love kids.

    Colleen - He melts me regularly, too. Amazing that I still have any tissue holding me together. Or maybe it's the tissues holding me together? Hmm...

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