So here is a lenten prayer for presence in the fullness of little-ish kid family.
Prayer for my little family
Be in our eating, our laughing, our cajoling, our pleading.
Be in our frustration, our crying, our words, our hard words. Redeem those words that cannot be unsaid
Be in our cleaning, scrubbing, wiping, organizing, tidying. Be in our walls, our books, our pictures.
Be our meaning, our purpose. Be the beginning of our day and our end. Be what we are about.
Be in our homes, in our rooms, in my room, with me and my kids and my husband.
We all need Who you are to help us keep reaching to each other, knowing that within us, within our US-ness, there is You.
We need you to soften the air between us; we need you to help our hearts hear the whispers of each others’.
Help me hear the words this girl and that girl are saying, truly saying underneath it all. Help me to see the ways that girl and this girl show me you. Without guile.
Help me to know my husband, to hear, see, and understand his heart. And to be kind when I am tired.
Help me to let go when I need to.
Be in this home, make it your resting place. Be in this home, make it your launch pad. Protect our minds, protect our home, protect these pieces of you.
Make us beautiful together.