The The Purging Lutheran has a poor record of recalling where certain items came from. My Sweet Rib corrected me that yesterday’s picture frame did NOT come from a youngling from Holy Cross Preschool but rather from a silent auction we had bid on when we were shiny, new Christians. OK, you win this time, Sweetheart.
Alright, let me jump into the fire and say that this framed picture of two young chucklins praying was a gift from Aunt Katie when The Lad or Our Marta was baptized. Many, if not most, people look at this picture and think to themselves, “Yes, this is the way to pray, but I rarely have time to kneel in silence.” Well, this is one way to pray, and a good way to pray because it helps you focus on your time with God. But did you know that you can pray in just about any situation, anywhere, anytime? There are as many ways to pray as there are ways Bubba* can prepare shrimp:
Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.
You can pray while … at stoplights; readying to eat your food; brushing your teeth; reading your Bible; taking a walk; taking a test (this is a popular one); taking an eye exam; fishing; taking shots at the free throw line; standing in line at the grocery; darning your socks; babysitting your grandchild; entering church for service; waiting to greet your pastor before you leave service; muting commercials on the television; paying your bills; smooching your children goodbye; kissing your spouse goodbye. I think you get the point.
* from the movie, Forrest Gump
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.