Morning prayers

How do you send your kids out the door to daycare or off to school?  Do you kiss and hug them so they make sure they know you love them.  Do you whisper sweet I love you’s?  Or do you perhaps herd them out the door asking in a rush if they have their backpack, jacket, lunch, sister?  More often than not, mornings can be crazy.  But with a few reminders, I try not to shove them out the door of the minivan before it closes on them and before we have talked to God.

A dear friend of mind is always thoughtful enough to turn on some upbeat music from Vacation Bible School so that one of the last things they hear as they leave the car and one of the first things they think of as they enter the school is that God loves them!

holy water fontNow I never seem to remember to hit the on button on our music, but the kids rarely allow me to forget our two morning traditions.

First, just before we leave the house, they all rush to line up at the little holy water font in our living room for their daily blessing.  Dipping my thumb into the water I make the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads and say, “May God bless you and keep you and guide you.  May all that you do be for the glory of God.”  Then backpacks in hand, we rush to the car where they remind me of our second routine.

Once everyone is safely buckled and we have backed out of the driveway, one of the kids starts the morning prayer, “In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit….”

 

The prayer we pray is just a little rhyming one that I made up that I’d be happy to share with you now.praying with children

God, help me to be good today

In everything I do and say.

Help me to always do my best

And let you take care of the rest.

Help me to always be a good friend

And keep me safe through day’s end.

Amen

 

As much as we worry about our children, the best thing we can do for them is to teach them about God and help them to have a relationship in prayer with our Lord.  Sharing routine prayers with them is my way to begin that relationship.  Hopefully it will only blossom from there!

One Response to Morning prayers

  1. Megan says:

    Love this little prayer…we have started saying a prayer in the car in the morning because Mia says its “weird” her new school doesn’t say prayers in the morning. This will be a perfect one! Thanks!

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