A Family Prays
A Family Prays
Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
Dad’s mind was on Saturday because he considered it to be our Sabbath Day. On this day, as soon as we awoke, he summoned us to pray. The kids all gathered in the living room and knelt. Dad would then pray with us from his heart. “Almighty and Everlasting God, we humbly ask you to continue to bless our family. We are most thankful for the many blessings you have showered on us. We are especially grateful for our health, food, and shelter. Although, we do not have much, we’re most thankful.”
“We humbly ask you to continue to bless our work, and especially the efforts of mom, who does so much. We thank you for granny Sarah, Edwin, Squee, and Boyie for all they do. Thank you for our family, and the kids, who are in school. Help us to have joyful and kind hearts.
“Please continue to guide us in having a loving home. Be with our neighbors and friends. And help us so that we would view the strangers we meet as angels of peace.”
“Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on us!” We responded.
Often, I noticed some of my younger brothers and sisters had trouble following dad’s prayers. The responses they blurted out were convoluted as they stumbled over their words. The older kids giggled and we received a warning look from dad. He yelled, “This was no time to fool around.”