“Pray, Mommy. Pray,” my youngest insists. At two years of age, my daughter already knows how meals begin at our table. I smile as I glance over at her. Her short locks of wispy, blonde hair and sweet, tender disposition are a delight to behold. With hands tightly clasped, she squints her eyes closed. Then, she glances up at me with a half squint. “I want to pray,” she insists again. “Okay,” I reply. I say a prayer, and she echos short phrases after me.
Another day, my middle daughter volunteers to pray for the evening meal. She's four years old and embodies enough energy for the entire family. Oftentimes, she's quick to mumble a prayer, but today, my husband reminds her, “Now, before you pray, let's think of what you're thankful for.” Enthusiastically, she chatters about all the day's events and closes her eyes to pray.
Shortly after we begin our meal, my husband casually brings up a few things mentioned in her prayer. He asks her questions, with genuine interest, and she replies with an eagerness to share. Going a bit further, he engages her and our oldest with a thought-provoking question. He says, “Think about the things you thanked God for in your prayer. What can we learn about God from these blessings?” With some help, they respond, “He's kind. He gives us good things. He loves us.” Though a simple process, our children are learning more of who God is at our dinner table. We're not just sharing a meal and conversation, we're sharing our Lord and planting seeds of the gospel in their young lives.
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