An Small Idea for Prayer.

When I was probably 8 or 9 nine years old, my mom and I were in the car driving somewhere or other. I don’t remember the errand, but I will always remember something that she told me on that drive. We had to pull over to the side of the road for a fire truck speeding past us going to help someone. My mom told me that every time that happens, we should say a prayer for the people they’re going to help. Now, I have to tell you that I’m not someone who sets aside time to pray every day. We’re catholic and go to church (sporadically these days what with the current health crisis), but I spend most of the mass managing my three boys and praying that we make it to the end. lol. And of course, I send up a personal prayer when I feel like I need to, but to this day, anytime I see a see an ambulance, fire truck, or police car with its lights on, I say a prayer for the people who they’re going to help. Think of all the prayers that could be said for those people if we all started doing this. And it just means that in some small way we may be helping someone in crisis.

Do you have moments you pray? I’d love to hear. I keep thinking that the boys’ should start saying evening prayers before bed too, so maybe I’ll try to start that this week.

6 thoughts on “An Small Idea for Prayer.

  1. This is us. Grew up Catholic. My kids live fire trucks and ambulances, so as we get excited about seeing them I also remind the kids that we need to say a prayer that the people they are helping are safe. We also prayed for the homeless yesterday ahead of last nights freeze. We pray for them quite a bit in my car as we pass them on our commute to daycare/work. Before bed, my daughter needed to tell me a secret: “mom, I’ve been saying prayers for those people outside.” And I responded, “it doesn’t have to be a secret that you’re praying—we pray out loud in the car”

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  2. I’ve found Where Does God Live? by Helen Bea to be a beautiful kids book. I may love it more than my kids, but they are still intrigued and the ending is great for learning how to pray. We pray at night sometimes. When we do, the kids really enjoy listing all the things for which they are thankful and asking for health/protection and “help us to be kinder”

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  3. I’ve found Where Does God Live? by Helen Bea to be a beautiful kids book. I may love it more than my kids, but they are still intrigued and the ending is great for learning how to pray.

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  4. That is so beautiful 🤍 I struggle with making time for prayer outside of church and I love this ! I would love to teach this to my kids as well

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  5. I’m not Catholic (my mother and sister are Presbyterian clergy) but my husband is and an Episcopal priest who is a friend recommended This Day – monthly prayer book which happens to be Catholic. Link below. I do not look at it every day but enjoy the art and historical perspectives on various saints and lovely essays on theology. This is excellent for the practice of prayer and I even read some of the interesting essays to my kids who are older than yours. But I recommend!

    https://stpatricksguild.com/give-us-this-day-monthly-booklet/?sku=159687&gclid=CjwKCAiA0KmPBhBqEiwAJqKK4xQmvpQG0SZnLbHteijfH9PsTZn4skLMvs908Ho7UKWAP1vev-2PvRoC554QAvD_BwE

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