Friday, March 5, 2010

Praying the Psalms-Eight

"O Lord our God, the majesty and glory of your name fills all the earth and overflows the heavens. You have taught the little children to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies." Psalm 8: 1-2

Kneeling in church, her little hands folded tightly together, head resting against the pew in front of her, she is the perfect picture of angelic sweetness at the Holy Hour. Suddenly, she leans over and strokes my hair. "O Mama," she whispers, "you are so beautiful!" "Shh," I whisper back through my smile, with the realization that her words are a prayer of praise to God for blessing her with a mother's love. "Pay attention to Jesus in the Eucharist," I say.

She obediently turns back to focus her eyes on the Lord. She fingers her beads and prays along with all of the other voices that recite the rosary. Then, the church falls into silence as everyone speaks to God in the quiet of their hearts.

She sits back in the pew, looks through a few pages of her prayer book and begins to fidget. Her older brother nudges her and tells her to be quiet and pray. "I'm all done praying," she answers.

In a short time, she has praised God perfectly, in her own simple way, and is ready to move on to praise Him by enjoying a cookie at the social when the Holy Hour is over. And God is moving within her heart and soul in festive happiness for the simple prayer of a little child and her perfect love for Him.

Lord God, I am silenced and shamed when I realize how Your love overflows from my daughter's heart so easily and I pray that I will learn from the little ones to love You simply, to love You always. Amen.

Join Jenny at Just a Minute in Praying the Psalms


  1. How beautiful and true, Anne! We have so much to learn from the simple faith of child. They show us how God can be worshiped in Spirit and in truth in the twinkling of an eye :) Thanks for sharing your heart and your beautiful little one!

  2. Beautiful post. Thanks. God bless.

  3. Anne,
    I love the picture and the post! No wonder young kids go straight to heaven :)

  4. Ah, the sweet and innocent ways of our children, even before our Lord. Thank you so much for joining us in Praying the Psalms.

  5. +JMJ+

    Oh, how lovely! Nobody could have taught her to pray like that, except the Holy Spirit Himself! God has blessed you in your children Anne . . . but of course you already knew that! =)

  6. Whoa! This is the most beautiful thing I have ever read! And I have read a lot of things! Annie, your writing just keeps getting better and better...