So, onto today’s topic of prayer. My earliest memory of my mother was making beds with her in the morning and then kneeling on the bed to say morning prayers. I am guessing that I was about 2 at the time and it instilled two things in me--the necessity of a made bed, and daily prayer. And, yes, to this day, I need to make my bed every day and I still say prayers.
I generally say my prayers at night, as the end of the day is a great time to give thanks for all that I have and ask for forgiveness for any known and unknown transgressions. I also slip in a request for all beings on this earth to have peace in their heart and soul, that will prompt all to share all the food and water, because I know that there is more than enough to sustain all in the world. I also have to throw in a request for a windfall and I don’t mind working for it. Millions of my books selling would be fine, or a simple lottery win would suffice. I have so many people and charities that I plan to share with.
I never really got into morning prayer, although now that I am retired, there is no longer the excuse that I can’t fit it in before work. I have thought about this often and feel that I am missing something by not having morning prayer, but then remembered that I actually do. My morning routine includes work at my computer for a bit even before my daily exercise routine and shower. At my computer, I do two main things. I post Bible quotes on Twitter from daily e-mails that I get and I post a prayer on my Facebook business page.
The prayer rarely comes directly from me, I should point out, but before I post the prayer, I have read through several. I always read the prayer from Daughters of the Creator, and I used to publish that one, with some modifications. Lately, however, I have been finding some wonderful prayers on the http://www.lords-prayer-words.com website. This site has prayers for pretty much anything you can possibly imagine--prayers for thanks, forgiveness, wellness, success, exams, new job, job interview, etc. It is a great site.
So, at night I do my heart to heart prayer, and in the morning, I do a more specific prayer that I share with anyone who is in need of a prayer that aligns with the topic I have found that I need for the day.
The one thing that I truly regret, however, is that I did not instill praying in my own children. They did attend Sunday school and we actually had a birthday cake at Christmas for baby Jesus. But they never saw me pray and regretfully, I never spent the time at the end of the day to teach them to pray, so it has not become part of their daily lives. This is quite unfortunate I think. That isn’t to say that they do not believe in God and are not spiritual, but they don’t have the same daily connection that I have.
Perhaps it is never too late. I will be ordained as a deacon for the Community Catholic Church of Canada in November and they will be attending. Perhaps it will remind them of our roots in the church.
Well, my dear friends, I have other chores to get to. I pray that you have a gentle week. God bless!