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In A Whispered Prayer June 28, 2011

Filed under: adoption thoughts,faith,Matthew — Elizabeth @ 9:16 PM

Matthew has been praying.  It started a long time ago, at the dinner table–he would say the singing prayer that Isaac learned in church preschool (God our father, God our father, we thank you….).  As the boys got older, we’ve encouraged them to try “talking prayers” and we taught by example.

Isaac caught on quickly and now he does long, rambling prayers every night.  Sometimes I find myself about to keel over from hunger or call a stop to the whole thing before dinner gets cold, and then he will say something so heartfelt that I am suddenly choking back tears.

Matthew’s talking prayers started with a very self-conscious and hurried, “Dear God, thank you for our food.  Amen.”.  As we encouraged him and applauded his efforts, he branched out into “Thank you for our food.  Thank you for our love.  Amen.”

But in the past week or so, he has come out with some long and rambling prayers that put Isaac to shame.

Mostly his prayers make me chuckle because he repeats himself a lot, and you know that he is just thinking of words to throw in there.  It’s very cute.  Tonight’s dinner prayer went a lot like this:

Dear God, Thank you food.  Thank you love.  Thank you breakfast….boys and girls….toys…..feed the pets…..trains….breakfast…..eat it all…..family…..breakfast……………..in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

We also pray with each boy at bedtime, and because Matthew really won’t engage with me at all in any adoption talk, I find that’s a good time for me to put it out there.

I always begin by thanking God for Matthew, and thanking God that we were allowed to adopt him and be his family forever.  When I’m done, I ask him if he wants to pray.  Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t.  It’s all good.

Tonight, he asked to pray before me.  This was new.  Here’s how it went:

Dear God, Thank you food.  Thank you love.  Thank you toys….wonderful day….thank you Isaac vitamin…..thank you school….thank you dopt me…..thank you me Isaac together forever…..Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.


Dear God, Thank you for helping him understand.


21 Responses to “In A Whispered Prayer”

  1. hardingswing Says:

    That is precious! So glad you recorded it here.

  2. Marcia Says:

    Oh my, how sweet! I have tears just reading this. I can only imagine how the dopt me and me Issac together forever melted your heart! How long did it take you to regain your composure? Thank you for sharing these precious children with all of us.

  3. Jen Says:

    So sweet! Gives me renewed faith that, one day, Niko too might be glad that we adopted him and are his forever family 🙂

  4. deb jacobs Says:

    ohhhhhh, that is so sweet xoxoxoxo

  5. Kristen Says:

    how touching and sweet. so glad that time spent together praying is helping to bringing healing and understanding to matthew’s heart.

  6. Yvonne Says:

    Oh my goodness. Love it. That is truly so awesome.

    And there it is – the moment the helps you know that you are doing a great job, you are on the right path, and that he knows it too.

  7. Lori Says:

    This post makes me want to hug Matthew! And you!!

  8. Joyce N. Ingram Says:

    This is so precious. I know that someday he will be thankful to look back and see what you have taught him about his forever family.

  9. christine m tomberlin Says:

    I am speechless! Matthew is so precious. I cant imagine what he holds inside. It is such a tribute that he was finally willing to be so vulnerable in front of you. Oh! this made me so teary!

  10. Beth Says:

    Oh this made me cry. From the mouth of babes…

  11. Glenda Jones Says:

    Oh how sweet, and if there are any errors in this message it is because I cannot see through the tears. Love the all.

  12. Glenda Jones Says:

    That should have been love to all

  13. Christy Says:

    Oh tears! 🙂 What a sweetie. Amazing to see him getting it. Thank you me Isaac together forever – doesn’t get much better than that!

  14. That’s absolutely precious! It’s moments like this one that you want to hold onto forever!

  15. Becky Says:

    What a beautiful moment! Totally made me cry.

  16. Jenny Says:

    joining you in praising God and crying over here.

    love you, jenny

  17. Grace Says:

    so beautiful.
    what an amazing moment.

  18. Kelly Says:

    Oh boy, I’m all verklempt now. Love this.

  19. Melissa Says:

    There is nothing sweeter than listening to your children’s prayers. (and maybe he and Rory could have a praying competition – she likes to be long winded as well. LOL)

  20. Love it. Just LOVE it!
    And look at that, I’m commenter #20! Look out, girl, you’ve got quite a following!

  21. anymommy Says:

    Oh. Did you burst into tears? Just beautiful.

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