Are you a baby-boomer and do you have grandchildren? Do you pray with them, especially at their bedtime?
- What do you pray for?
- Is it one of the standard bedtime prayers, like "Now I lay me down to sleep?"
- Is this important?
I faced these questions this past spring when we visited our daughter and family and our grandson who was about 20-months old. He had his own room in their home in Bosnia where one night I had the chance to put him to bed.
After putting his pajamas on and brushing his teeth and saying his good nights, we read a story and then I put him in his crib. As an almost two-year-old, he was still filled with energy and moving in his crib.
What should I do, I thought? Pray? What prayer? I grew-up with "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep and if I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my soul to take. And this I ask for Jesus sake. Amen."
His attention span wasn't there. It was maybe four words wide. I grabbed his little hands and prayed, "Thank-you Jesus for a great day."
I know that my daughter and son-in-law pray with him.
When I got up last night for the second pee of the night, I prayed for him and his pre-born sister that they would come to depend talking to Jesus and learn the power that comes from that conversation with the Creator.
That night in Bosnia will go down in my list of top memories. It was me, my grandson and God.