A MOTHER OF a busy toddler asked me once how to pray with her child. “He won’t be still, not even for one second,” she said. “I’ve tried to get him to be quiet for a short, one sentence prayer, but he won’t event stop for that.” My response was, “Then pray with him on the run. As he is running in the yard, run beside him, and notice the flowers or the leaves or whatever catches his attention. Just comment on them, saying, ‘God made such beautiful flowers or leaves.’ Or say, ‘Thank you, God, for making such a beautiful world.'” Even this small beginning will bear fruit.
– Betty Shannon Cloyd
Children and Prayer
From page 58 of Children and Prayer: A Shared Pilgrimage by Betty Shannon Cloyd. Copyright © 1997 by Betty Shannon Cloyd. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How might you adapt praying on the run for a busy schedule? Share your thoughts.
4:12 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12, NRSV
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This week we remember: John Woolman (October 7).
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