Friday, June 19, 2009
Many parents we know pray with their children at bedtime. I remember this tradition growing-up as well. We also pray with Amelia and Meredith right before bed. Meredith mostly repeats what we say, but will occasionally add "thank you for Amia (Amelia) " and "Help me be nice." Amelia is beginning to think independently about requests and needs. Last night her requests were "Help a family to really like our house and buy it. Help Claire's house helpers to be able to keep Diana (Roseline's orphaned daughter) and be able to purchase a bed for her. And please help there to be less scary noises tonight and for me not to be scared." I enjoy listening to her think of what needs there are around her and was impressed that she recognized her personal needs, her family's needs and the needs of those around her. This reminded me that I should also think of these basic categories as I pray and that there is much to learn from a child's faith.