It wasn’t long ago that Father convicted me of wanting to shut my children out of my prayer time. It took a traveling priest from Ghana to teach me that. God certainly goes to great lengths to send his messengers, even if He has to pluck them from Africa and send them to the United States.
I’ve been working on ways to incorporate my children into my prayer life, to let them in and see the beauty of God in real-time. So many times we keep our prayer time to ourselves and isolate ourselves from friends and family who we know would love to join in. Yes, we definitely need to have a time set aside, a special time between us and God, but there are so many ways to bring people in.
Prayer is the building block of our faith, but we cannot labor alone to build our Holy temple.
I don’t push or insist they participate, but I ask. I ask gently as Jesus would. I invite, I extend a hand out. Would you like to join me guys? Would anyone like to pray the rosary with me?
Sometimes they all say no. Other times, I get a resounding, YES and I am flooded with three little ones around the precious beads of our rosaries. I let the Holy Spirit move in them, let them take their own journey, but I never leave them out, not anymore.
This morning I asked and I got one taker for the rosary. My daughter excitedly ran with me upstairs. But as we sat to pray the rosary she had a sad look on her face.
You don’t want to pray with me? I asked
I do! But can we pray in your prayer closet? She murmured quietly under her breath, as if afraid
It only took me a half a second to let her in. To let her into the private space I have lovingly shared alone with God for a year and a half. Before, I would have said no, but Father Peter’s words were ringing in my ears.
Don’t shut her out
So I invited her into my sacred space, dark and small and lit only by small candlelight. We prayed the rosary together and as she announced each mystery, I saw her excitement grow. Lord God, let us see your presence today! Show me you love me today! She shouted. And I know He will show up because she believes He will.
Praying with my children has opened up a new world for me and taught me a great lesson, our witness of faith starts at home. So many of us as mothers are off to prayer meetings, and bible studies and other events to get our “God” time. Those things are needed and glorify God. But what God really wants in this season of our life is to imitate His mother. The one who said YES to her child, the one who gave up everything for Him, the one who stood by him and never left Him.
Happy feast day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!