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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  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

  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

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

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

  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?

  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!!

  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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