Prayers at bedtime

JT and Hollianne

reprinted from my journal two years ago…January 21, 2013

Jack Thomas and Britton have started keeping prayer journals on their bedside tables. Each night they write down a couple of things that they are thankful for- and other items that are prayer requests.

After their prayers tonight Jack asked if we could talk about Psalm 1 and the lesson the psalmist gave that said “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners…”. We opened his Bible and read the chapter and discussed what it meant to him. It was a great moment.

When I asked him why he wanted to discuss this particular passage tonight, he reminded me that this was the passage that we read aloud in church just yesterday as we were beginning our worship service. It obviously made an impression on him…and I was a little embarrassed that I didn’t recall the reading immediately.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18: 1-4

In the midst of our crazy lives and hectic schedules, it often takes our children to help us pause and reflect on what’s truly important. I hope that I can have more of a child-like approach to the Gospel and my faith walk in 2013. Thank you, Jack.

God bless y’all.



One thought on “Prayers at bedtime

  1. I’ve always thought the movie “Big” sent this wonderful message out to the world “in spades”. Tom Hanks wished to be big and was granted that wish. Although he was big, he was just a little boy inside. As he progressed through finding a job in a toy business, his innocence and openness won the considerations of his boss. While others cheated and planned for notoriety Tom just went about his business with a clarity and innocence that put to shame his corporate brethren even when it came to a “sleep over” by one of his female co-workers. We should all pray for the innocence and integrity exhibited in a child who has not been tarnished by the cares and worries of this world. There are no new stories, they’ve all been covered in the Bible.

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