Sunday, February 28, 2010

a child's prayer...

I love hearing Ruby pray. We call on her to pray over most our meals...simply because we can't wait to hear what she'll come up with. What I love the most is how she'll just go off on a tangent and start talking about her hopes and the middle of blessing the food.

This was Ruby's prayer over breakfast this morning...

Dear Heavenly Father,
Please bless my mommy, and my daddy, and my little baby brother.
Please bless my mommy, and my daddy, and my little baby brother. (No, I did not make a mistake here...she asked Him to bless everyone in her family - twice. Something which she does quite often. I think it's her way of putting emphasis on the things she desires most.)
Please bless my doggy, too...and my balloon.
And Heavenly Father, bless Santa, and his elves, and his reindeer.
Do you remember that Santa brought me presents, and his elves gave me candy?
And I'm so sorry we didn't have a fire and a chimly.
And I really wish we had a fire and a chimly.
James (her cousin) has a fire and a chimly.
Maybe we can buy a fire and a chimly at Costco, because I saw one there yesterday.
And Heavenly Father, please bless the food....

Often times, she'll ask Heavenly Father to bless Jesus. That's probably my favorite thing to hear. I also love how she still prays that He'll bless mom's hand to get better (from my surgery). She is just so thoughtful and loving...and wants to tell Heavenly Father everything...and I mean everything. But isn't that what our Heavenly Father wants? For us tell him everything...our hopes and dreams, as well as our sorrows and disappointments? He's our loving Father, and even though he knows us even better than we know ourselves, and even though he already knows our hopes and dreams...sorrows and disappointments, I'm sure (just like any father and mother would), he just wants to hear it come from us.

Imagine how much better our relationship with our Heavenly Father would be if we prayed with such honesty, such sincerity, and such faith...if we really shared what was on our minds and in our hearts - like little children do. I'm grateful for my little Ruby, who is constantly teaching me important lessons of faith, charity, and love. It's no wonder the Savior taught us to"...become as a little child or ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God." 3 Nephi 11:37-38


. said...

Such a sweet prayer, and you couldn't be more right!

diana said...

i love those prayer tangents, no matter how irreverent they might seem, i can't help but feel so much joy listening to them.

when ruby was over on friday, i served them lunch outside on the picnic table. i returned to the kitchen to get the girls' drinks when i heard ava asking who should say the prayer, followed by her taking the initiative to do so. there ava, ruby and emaline sat with arms folded and heads bowed. i ran to get my camera, but by the time i came back they had finished. it was a wonderful sight to see, and i'm so glad ruby was a part of it.

natalie eve said...

i love it when emmi prays too. she usually blesses each and every one of her stuffed animals. she has been on a prayer boycott lately so cody and i have been doing all the praying. i just can't believe that they grasp it THIS young. i'm amazed at her desire to learn about Jesus and church things. you'd think they'd be too preoccupied with SNIPES and ELVES... but they know what's really important.