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The prayers of children: insightful and humorous

by Traci Schumacher on Tue, 01/08/2013 - 2:40pm

Part of our children's bedtime routine is for us to pray together, and it is fascinating to me to hear their prayers. There are the usual requests that show up every night such as blessings for family and friends. And then there are the personalized requests, which make it interesting.

My daughter, the oldest and most aware of the outside world, has included prayers for victims of Hurricane Sandy as well as the Sandy Hook shooting. She also tries to use the power of prayer to convince me to buy her a goat and provide her with horse riding lessons. Every night. Maybe one day...

My 3-year-old son has progressed over the last few months. He went from praying only for “Rudolph, Big Penguin, Bad Wolf, and Snoopy” to thanking God for taking care of us and that “Jesus Christ is born” (a phrase he picked up during Christmastime).

The other night, apparently inspired by his new Transformers movie, my son added, “And thank you that God and Transformers save us.” His new prayer surprised me, and certainly has theological problems, but Transformers always do manage to save the day, right?

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