Bedtime Prayers

Pillows. Windows. Machines that turn on. Knees. Narwhals. Beds. Clothes. Dogs. Tacos. Baths. Bicycles. Sidewalk chalk. Eyes. Playing. Food. Blankets. Dinosaur. Scooters. This is the list our kiddos provided last night when we asked them what they were thankful for as we were preparing to say our bedtime prayer. Sometimes their thankful list makes perfect […]

Pillows. Windows. Machines that turn on.
Knees. Narwhals. Beds.
Clothes. Dogs. Tacos.
Baths. Bicycles.
Sidewalk chalk. Eyes. Playing. Food.
Blankets. Dinosaur. Scooters.

This is the list our kiddos provided last night when we asked them what they were thankful for as we were preparing to say our bedtime prayer. Sometimes their thankful list makes perfect sense to Leah and I, and other times we have no idea where they come up with their ideas, but it is still important.

And so we pray for it.

Every night a prayer of thanksgiving is led by one of our kids and they are the sweetest prayers. They are prayers filled with giggles and smiles as we reflect on the fun we experienced during the day. They are prayers that also include request and concerns—scratched knees, daddy’s head to feel better, biological family to be ok.

Our kiddos have opened mine and Leah’s eyes to the repetitive, incessant, dependence I have for my Father. In their beautifully, sweet prayers they lay everything before God. They give thanks for EVERYTHING. Nothing is too foolish for my kiddos to pray for. They like narwhals- let’s pray for narwhals. They saw caterpillars- Thank you God for caterpillars!

Today take time to make a list of everything you can think of that is worthy of praise. Allow yourself room for laughter and silliness as you make your list. You may find that you too are thankful for narwhals, dinosaurs, sidewalk chalk, and scooters.
Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 106: 1

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