Thursday, June 07, 2007

Prayer

Prayer is an essential part of my faith. It's something I do many times a day. It's not just a ritual, I believe I am communing with God and that He truly wants to hear from me. And not just from me, but from all of his children. I express my gratitude and thanks for my blessings. And I also ask for help, for myself and those around me. There are many many important things to pray for . . . family and friends, the community, world and church leaders, the poor and lonely and impoverished, good health, strength to endure life's trials . . . and long naps. Yep. With all the ills of the world and pain and sorrow I often find myself praying for the bean to be able to take a longer nap. And I mean it. This isn't just so I can have more time to myself (though that's part of it), but if she doesn't get a good nap she's tired, cranky and well just not her best self. It's more than that, it's that I don't think it's good for her if she doesn't get enough sleep. I truly think it is in her best interest (and mine) if she gets a good nap. Then I'll go and read an article or post about someones sick child or a child with severe handicaps and I wonder if those prayers are in the right spirit. Should I be concerned with something that is ultimately rather trivial? More importantly, do I think Heavenly Father is concerned with it?

Now just to make sure I'm being fair to myself here, I also usually pray for help and perseverance for whatever happens in the day and that I might be able to love and guide her no matter what. Also, this does not reflect the pinnacle of trial in my life--I've had my hard times--but it matters to me now. And of course I pray for many other more important matters. While I feel terrible for those with burdens I consider greater than my own, and I truly hope that they are finding the peace, solace and help they need, it doesn't take away the fact that these are my small yet personal hopes and struggles. Or does it? In a world filled with disease, war, heartache and hunger is it OK to pray for longer naps?

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:59 PM

    I think that it is always a good idea to pray, even if it is for something small, or to give thanks for something small:) It is a lovely habit, and I think it shows an understanding of how dependent we are on God's grace in every aspect of our lives, and how we understand that all good things come from that grace. You just keep on praying with your sweet self!!! P.S. I also pray for overall happy times for the little fellow over here! love, Suz

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  2. Anonymous3:16 PM

    I thought about the same thing when Whitney was a baby and after much thought, I realized that that's part of being a mom (or dad). What may seem insignificant to others is what is important to us because our kids become our lives and we want the best for them...even if it is just a little thing like hoping they get enough sleep or eat good, etc. Plus, I'm a better mom when I get enough rest and since I know Heavenly Father wants me to be a good mom, why not pray for it? I hope the way I wrote that makes sense... love, Amber

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  3. I agree with all that's been said. I tend to think Heavenly is as involved in our lives as we invite Him to be. I like what you said about God's grace Suz. And Amber, yes our kids become our lives so it's only natural we are invested in what's best for them, even if it's the little things.

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  4. I think Heavenly Father wants us to pray for anything we need, and if that includes longer naps, then so be it.
    Are you LDS?

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  5. Justrani--yes I'm LDS. I saw your blog through comments on MMW.

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