Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bedtime Prayer

In yesterday's post I resolved to start a prayer routine with my two boys. I wish I had done it sooner, my older boy is already 6. I don't think it's too late now.

When I was about his age we said our bedtime prayers every night. In my memory it was every night, it might not have been. The prayer we said is a very familiar one, and a little harsh for young children.

Now I lay me down to sleep
Pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
Pray the Lord my soul to take

The last thing I want them to think is that they might not wake up in the morning. And it's really not the last thing I want to say to them before they go to sleep.

So I re-wrote this classic prayer. I wanted to add in asking for forgiveness, because even as children they sin. I also wanted to add praying for friends and family. Hopefully with time they will add their own prayer requests and really make this routine their own.

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