Lakin has been praying for our meals lately. In the past we've asked if she'd like to pray and she would always politely refuse. Now, she gets bummed out if she doesn't get to say evening grace. Her prayer is always the same. Actually taken from a Veggie Tales song.
"Lord, God, thank you for our prayers. That's why I say thanks everyday. AMEN (exclaimed with some serious enthusiasm)!
We started a prayer pail using a craft I made at MOPS. Lakin draws two sticks out and those are the two families or things we pray for before we enjoy our meal. Lakin loves drawing the sticks, usually has such sweet remarks about the people we're planning to pray for and then inevitably prays the same prayer every single time.
Lakin: (after drawing her sticks) "Oooh... Grandma and Grandpa. I want to go to their house."
Me: "Okay, we will sometime soon. Let's pray for Grandma and Grandpa now, though. We'll also pray for Casey and Daniel. Do you want to pray?"
Lakin: "Yep. I love Casey. And Daniel."
Me: "Okay, let's pray."
Lakin: "Lord, God, thank you for our prayers. That's why I say thanks everyday. AMEN!"
Me: "What about Grandma and Grandpa and Casey and Daniel? Can you pray for them too."
Lakin: "And Casey and Daniel and Grandma and Grandpa too. AMEN"
At this point Chris and I are usually peeking one eye at each other and smiling. This little ritual is so darling. Before we can add anything else Lakin is shoveling food into her mouth and telling us about her day.
You know, perhaps the simplest prayers are the sweetest.
And now, please enjoy these unrelated photos.