Before before I put you down to to sleep, be it for nap or at night, I kiss your forehead and say a little prayer for you. (no, not the song) This is something my parents always did for me, and a tradition I want to pass on to you.
Now I lay you down to sleep,
I pray the Lord your soul to keep.
Guide you safely through the night.
and wake you with the morning light. Amen
When you are older we will say it together.
I like to know you are going to bed safe and loved.
I’ve also begun to think about saying grace before meals with you as we slowly transition to more solid forms of food. Growing up, I said the following before each meal:
Come Lord Jesus, be our guest.
Let this food to us be blessed. Amen.
Most families I know do it differently making up a prayer before each meal, thanking for whatever they choose along with the food. We never did that, and the concept is still foreign to me, though I like the idea.
Prayer, be it before sleep or a meal, is an important part of my day, and a value I hope to instill in you as you grow up.