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Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers
By Connie Faust
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
Down Memory Lane......
Mom's lessons on prayer --
a lasting impression
on true intercession!
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take."
End of prayer, unless you were one of the 5 Rutkoskie kids. Our Mom added this:
"And if I live for other days,
I pray the Lord to guide my ways."
It's still a great request for anyone, young or old,
to ask of God.
Mom taught us to pray with both learned, recited prayers and "from the heart" prayers in our own words; except that the "from the heart" prayers were actually in Mom's own words. Night after night we would kneel by our beds and pray for "the sick and afflicted, the poor and the needy," and other multitudes who were included in the phrases taught by our Mom, who cared about everybody.
"Please help Daddy get a job" was also a frequent petition -- prayed obediently by five untroubled little children, but inspired by a worried young wife and mother, who needed God's help to pay the bills and put good food on the supper table.
One night, my little brother Patty, sister Carol and I were supposedly praying, while in reality we were all laughing and acting up. Hearing footsteps on the stairs, I, the oldest of the three, quickly snapped to attention (on my knees) and began in the middle of the "Our Father" with
"........Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses........"
I can't remember whether my little ruse worked or not, but I clearly remember my trespass that night. Mom's lessons on prayer made an impact!
The best part of nightly prayers at our house was the "Goodnight Song" Mom sang to each of us by name every night. She made it up herself, and it put us to sleep with the blessing of her love and thoughts of God watching over us in His love, too. I can feel the happiness again just thinking of being there, a young girl, being cherished in that special way night after night as she sang to me.
"Goodnight, dear Connie, goodnight.
May God watch over you tonight.
I thank Him for keeping you all the day through.
Goodnight, dear Connie,
Goodnight to you."
Goodnight, dear Mom. Thanks for the sweet memories of you, teaching me to pray.
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|Reviewed by S Phillips
|Connie, How sweet, how loving a tribute to your beloved mother. The song reminds me that we used to sing names a the door of the friend who we wanted to come out and play. I don't have children, but I don't think there are the bedtime rituals of yesterday. I wish we all had the time and inclination to do so. I'm glad I found your writing here.
|Reviewed by Annette Hendrix Williams
|That reminds me of my own time spent with my children before bed. All those "from the heart" prayers were prayers that I expressed, but I know they were learning to pray.|
|Reviewed by Ann Scarborough
|Connie, this reminds me of the times I spent with my grandmother and great grandmother. My mom was always busy with my dad to have much time to devote to reading and prayers at bedtime. But I am fortunate to still have my grandmother and my mom. We are a long lived bunch, my grandmother turns 94 the end of July. And I still say my prayers "Now I lay me down to sleep" every night.
Thank you for bringing back the memories.
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Beautiful, heartwarming story; very well done! BRAVA!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by H. Lena Jones
|Hi Connie, this is awesome! My Mom was just like yours. I remember her teaching me that prayer plus this one "In my little bed I lie, heavenly Father here my cry..." Both Mom and Dad are still prayerful, Bible believing people. We're so bless to have them. Your poem is a beautiful tribute to your Mom. (I'm so glad you dropped by my site. Thank you. Now I have another precious friend here.)
|Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook
|There's such wise advice for parents in this heartwarming piece.
The Lord truly blessed you with a praying mother...that's SO much more powerful than simply a mother who cares!
Thank you for sharing this with us, Connie!
|Reviewed by Peter Paton
This is so endearing and loving
God Bless You and your Mom
I always say my prayers..