Our Kyle is a special little guy. He loves to pray. He really started his praying "out loud" last December when he was invited to his friend Will's birthday party. It was his first non family invitation and he was very excited.
So when I tucked him in that night, he said he wanted to pray. I said, "Ok." and his prayer went something like this, "Dear God, Thank you for the invitation to Will's party. Help us to have a good time, a great time, a wonderful time. Amen!"
We had weeks of this prayer. Then he decided he wanted to pray when we eat so he would pray " Dear God, Thank you for the food, bless it to our bodies. Help us to have a good day, a great day, a wonderful day. Amen!"
Sometimes when he prays he asks God to help Nate and Kay not to smoke. He makes me smile with his sweet and sincere heart.
On Tuesday, we went to my parents and went swimming for awhile. Kyle was in the pool with Rachel and Sarah for a while before I got in. He came to the door, very excited to show me "something!" I went out to swim and his "something" was his jumping off the deck into the pool, doing cannonballs and stuff just like his big sisters! Very exciting stuff to conquer being afraid of going under water!
That night when I tucked him into bed and started to pray he told me "I want to pray next." So when I finished he started "Dear God, Thank you that we could go swimming at Grandma and Grandpa's. Did you see me jumping off the deck into the pool? Did you see me do a cannonball? Did you see me touch the bottom of the pool? Thank you for the fun swimming. Amen."
My heart swelled! My boy knows how to talk to God as if he were talking to us. With joy and enthusiasm...I need to remember this as a lesson for myself. To talk to God as an intimate friend, and loved one.
photo credit: Lindsay Rabe