In our family, we commit to make it a point to start our day with a prayer. At times, we pray together as a family or pray individually. Our boy is now 4 years old and we encourage him to do the same as he wakes up. We started to teach him how to pray and what to pray for when he was around 3 years old. And now he has his own way of praying and what he prays for but at times we still guide him.
Last week, he was the one who volunteered to start our family prayer. As he starts praying, he started to say his thanks.
“Lord, thank you for today,
Thank you for all the blessings,
Thank you for the sleep and good night, (he started to look around our room)
Thank you for my toys, and the TV
Thank you for the pillows, and the bed,
Thank you for the windows,
Thank you for daddy’s “puter” (pertaining to the computer. 😀 Hehehe)
Thank you for our work (pertaining daddy and mommy’s real work and his play time that he calls work :D)
Thank you for the electric fan…”
I forgot the others he said thanks for. I think he almost said everything inside our room. Hehehe. His prayer didn’t end there. I just want to focus on the part of his many thanks. As he was praying, besides on “naku-cutetan na kami sa kanya” and already smiling on what he was praying for, we were also reminded.
Reminded of what? Reminded to see, appreciate and say thanks to all things whether big or small. We didn’t say that we don’t say thank you to God…Yes we are always thankful about many things, a closed deal, provision for bills paid, provision for check payment, new client, the food that we eat, family, good health, the house we leave in, etc. But we forget to see the smallest things that we are blessed with like the comfy bed and a pillow that we sleep at, the clean floor that we step and play on, the window that fresh air comes in, the aircon that makes our sleep more comfortable, the computer that help us accomplish a lot of things, a TV that gives us leisure to rest and unwind, and a lot of things more.
Hearing our son’s prayer put our thankfulness to God’s blessings more seeking… seeking even for the smallest things to thank for.
Encouragement: As we begin to see how God has blessed us even with little things in our life, we begin to see life better, appreciate more, bless others more and live a life of thankfulness and contentment. 😀
“always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)