Good morning mini-women,
This is Crystal, checking in with you. Mrs. Rue asked me to make a guest post today and of COURSE I was pretty excited by that.
Last fall, I had a chance to go home to see my family--they live on the other side of the country, so it was pretty special. One day, my friend and I went to the zoo with my niece her daughter, Brooke. Brooke is six and one of my favourite people in the whole world. We had the best time together! We saw an old elephant that I actually got to ride on when I was a kid. We saw the kookaburra, the giraffes, and a wolf. We ate the world's tallest popsicle. Everything about our day was fantastic!
Afterwards, we went out for supper together. That's when Brooke taught me a very important lesson. You know how sometimes at camp, there might be a funny grace said before a meal? Something like "rub-a-dub-dub, Thanks God, for the grub!". My friend said a grace like that. We asked her to.
Little Brooke looked at me and said "That's not how to do it!". So I asked her to show me.
"Close your eyes", she said.
We did. Then there was a really long pause--so long that I admit I peeked at her. She was hard at work thinking. When she was ready, she began.
"God", she said, and there was another long pause.
"Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat..."
I smiled. My grandmother used to say this prayer, and I joined in for the rest.
"Thank you for the birds that sing, thank you God, for everything".
Brooke reminded me that day how important heart-felt prayer is. She reminded me that we need to take a moment and get ready to talk to God. And most importantly, she reminded me that we also need to be ready to listen.
How do we do that? We stop talking.
I'm going to try and do that this weekend. I want to hear what God has to say to me. Anyone want to join me?
Mrs. Rue isn't posting today because she is SICK. I know that she would really appreciate your prayers as she tries to get better. We also need your patience while she takes a couple of days off to rest. We don't want her to worry about posting when she needs to take time to heal, right? Thanks so much, you're the best.