Sally has been with us for a year this week. For having heard only Chinese for the first 22 months of her life, she has done a remarkable job of learning English.
Recently, I was convicted that is was time to teach her to pray. We have prayed over her daily for a year now, but it’s time for her to learn to say the words herself.
I have been amazed with how she has responded. We call her the “Prayer Police” because she directs us all in our dinnertime blessings. She makes sure all heads are bowed, hands are folded, and eyes are closed. Of course, she hasn’t clued in to the fact that the only reason she knows if someone is not complying is because she herself does not have her head bowed or her eyes closed.
At nighttime, we say our standard, “God bless Mama, and Daddy, and Katie, and Ellie, and Joseph, and Troy, and Joshua, and Sally. And God bless all my family and all my friends!” She always has some particular person she wants to add:
“God bless Gran and D!” How did she know they were both sick today?
“God bless Uncle Martin!” How did she know he had a big presentation and needed extra prayer?
“God bless Owey!” How did she know he needed extra encouragement?
She just knew. She is not so busy with life to forget to listen, to forget to pray.
My favorite Sally-prayer began last week. She raises her hand toward heaven and says, “I love you, Jesus!” Every night, that is the last thing she prays.
But then she began to add something precious to it:
“I love you, Jesus! You’re so cute!”
Every night she says this to Jesus. It must make him smile. I never thought to tell him that He is cute, though I am sure He is since He is everything!
She has learned the basics of praise—telling God who He is, not because He doesn’t know who He is, but as a way of telling him that we know who He is. We taught our older kids to praise by filling in the following sentence:
God, You are so ____________________!
And even cute!
Will you praise Him today? Will you tell Him who He is to you?
I would love to hear your responses.
Praise the Lord, O my soul;all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.