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.