When we gather around our table we always begin with prayer.
"Who wants to pray?"...asks Grandpa.
Small hands fly up around the table..
and they take their turns.
I smile as I hear...
"thankyou for my fam-i-ly"...
and they draw out each syllable giving them time to think.
"Thankyou that we can come to Grammie and Grandpa's"...
and similar phrases are repeated as the little ones each take their turn to pray.
What has struck me is that while it seems like they are copying each other when they pray...
they are learning from each other how to pray..
all of them are learning how to pray from their parents.
Teaching children to be thankful for all God has blessed them with is pleasing to the Lord.
Whether they learn to be thankful through singing or through hearing us express our thankful hearts we can be sure of one thing...
we are teaching them from our experience.
Let's go into this week with intentional hearts to model thankfulness.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Psalm 100 (ESV)