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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jackie's Prayer

Jackie is almost 7 years old and lately, I've been thinking that she is probably ready to start saying her own bedtime prayers.  I used to say bedtime prayers with her on a regular basis until a couple of years ago.  I was not very consistent over the last couple of years and pretty much had quit until recently when I started to say a short and sweet bedtime prayer with Ben and Jackie.  It's usually the same prayer: prayer for good behavior, prayer for Jackie to continue to become stronger, prayer for safety at school, etc.  Just simple and to the point and on the childrens' level. 
Tonight, I gave Jackie the opportunity to say the prayer.  She smiled shyly at first.  Then finally she started to say something.  Her prayer started out like this: "um, (whispered sigh), um, (a little squeak), dear Jesus, um, please make Ben stop hitting me, . . ."
I couldn't help but chuckle at Jackie's serious and innocent request.  But let's hope that God answers her prayers.  Poor thing cannot get a break from the hitting her brother inflicts upon her.  We have done everything we can think of to extinguish this behavior to no avail.  We have even given Jackie permission to reciprocate but she is just too sweet and loves her brother too much to inflict harm. 
So God, I hope you heard Jackie's request. If you would kindly do us a favor and knock some sense into Ben about the hitting problem, it would be greatly appreciated, especially by Jackie.  As you can see, it was the very first thing she prayed about.  Thanking you in advance.

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