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C2 Mercer Island Reporter Wednesday, October 19, 1994 ’My sons teach me how to pray’ I grew up in a church-going family, but not a particularly reli- gious family (now, it was spiritu- al, but that’s another story). When I was coming up, reli- gion was what we did in church. At home, we had no grace at meals, said no bedtime prayers and we never talked to God with- out a book. And always, always, the grown-ups led, we kids fol— lowed along. My parents were wonderful, spiritual human beings, but they taught as they had learned, and what they had learned was that prayer was for church, you read it out of a book, and it is largely a grown—up affair that got “passed down” to children. Kai and Bjorn are my sons. They are 5 and 4 and we are learning how to pray together. Sometimes it feels to me that I am learning how to pray for the first time, and they are old hands! It all started when they were pretty young and as a priest who is a mom, I learned that Sunday mornings were not going 'to be family worship time for me, and for that matter, by Sunday after- noon, I was so comatose that there wasn’t a good time for me either. It all started when I start- ed expanding the bedtime prayer time from a hasty “Now I lay me down to sleep.” to something else. I LET the boys lead me. I started one night simply with “Is there anything we want to thank God for tonight?” And within no time, the boys started coming up with all sorts of things. Like Bjorn after an afternoon of gardening: “Thank you God that my flower is red.” And after an evening of what I call “living room dancing” (does anyone else put on loud mu- sic and prance around the living room with their preschoolers?) Kai prayed, “thank you God that you dance with us.” But my favorite of all time was just a month or so ago when Bjorn as it came to his turn to thank God quietly said “thank you God that you make us.” I really look forward to this time of day with my boys. Din— ner’s done, the homework’s done, the house is warm and humid from bathtime. The kids them- selves are (well, most of the time...) ready to be quiet, and so am I. We usually hold hands and often we hug each other part way along. Sometimes we laugh, and I know that someday we’ll cry. We connect with each other as at no other time. Indeed, Jesus is with us, praying with us, just as the Gospel of John says. BUT ALL this means a lot more to me than just quality time with my kids. What’s also going on is that my sons are teaching me how to pray. I do not know how to pray as I need to pray and want desperately to pray. Here are a few examples of what they’re teaching me: o How to talk to God. Sounds simple, but is isn’t. So often, our prayer words get so doctored up that we pray as we think we ought to, not how we really feel. (Some- times a straight word with the Lord helps us to figure out what we are feeling in the first place!) 0 How to notice things. “Thank you God for tall sunflower.” (The next morning I asked Kai where he had seen sunflowers the day before. “With you.” I love sun— flowers, but I hadn’t seen them.) 0 How to pray about everyday life. “Thank you God for mush— rooms.” (As a grown up, my pray- ers often get stuck in remorse about the past or anxiety about the future.) 0 That it’s OK to laugh when I pray. Like a couple of nights ago when after reading Maurice Sendak’s little book Chicken Soup with Rice Kai ended his thank you’s with “And thank you God for chicken soup with rice.” We all giggled. Then summed up the nights prayers with the Lord’s Prayer. (I know Jesus laughed with us, too.) TWO FINAL stories. On Moth- er’s Day last spring, we were at worship together, and the boys plopped down by my side when they came into the sanctuary to join the adults for communion. MI Children’s Hospital Guild plans lunch meeting The Mercer Island Guild of Children’s Hospital, which pub- lishes the Mercer Island Directo— ry, will hold a luncheon meeting Oct. 21 at the home of Aileen Pe- Story idea? Ca11232e1215 Mercer Island hiropractlc Dr. Dionne Hersh-Matthieu Sorvlng Since 1934 Gentle and Specific Insurance 8! Non-Insurance Plans On—sitc Licensed Massage TherapIst Emergency Care Auto ardent; ' Work Injuries 232-6653 2448 - 76th Ave. SE. Suite 106, Mercer Island (by cm null) Holiday 1994 THE WORTH COLLECTION Cgrchsz'ue/y @esz'yneo/ ters. New members are welcome. For information, call Celia Bur- ton, 232-4560. Hand Hammered (8 pc. set Reg- 3500) "Aiinomoto" (50 pc. - Reg. 5.95-7.99) o a! TAKE 10 /9 OFF EVERYTHING... 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Fine Women’s Consignment Presenting: IMAGES FROM GALILEE by Angie Olami Sterling silver-hand made in Isreal Now aarpling Fall and Winterqu Mercer Island 0 232-2205 Tues-Sat. 10-5, Thurs. ’til OCTOBER I9-NOVEMBER 'I, 1994 Herzl-Ner Tamid will feature a talk by mystery writer Faye Kel- lerman at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23. The evening will include a question and answer period and conclude with time for Kellerman to sign books and join the audience for refreshments. Some of her novels are Sacred and Profane, The Rit- ual Bath, Milk and Honey, and her latest bestseller, Grievous Sin . Call 232-8555 for information or reservations. Cost is $5. “Holocaust Education Through Art,” a free slide lecture, will be presented tonight, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. by Seattle artist Akiva Ken- neth Segan at Temple B’nai To- rah on Mercer Island. The slides are from Segan's 50 piece drawing and painting se- ries, “Under the Wings of God.” A selection of Segan’s works are be- ing shown at the Museum of His— tory and Industry exhibit, “A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto.” Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will hold its annual “Oktober- fest,” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Fellowship Hall. The evening in— .cludes food, music, singing and dancing. Cost is $12.50 a person. Call the church office, 232-3270. Women’s Fellowship at Holy Trinity has its Dedication Dinner Thursday evening, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. Dinner charge is $5, with a speaker following the meal. Religion briefs District Superintendent Craig Parrish will preach at the 11 am. worship service at Mercer Island United Methodist Church next Sunday, Oct. 23. He’ll also attend the annual meeting that day when annual reports of the committees in the local church are received and a vote is taken on the annual budget At Emmanuel Episcopal Church the inaugural meeting of a newly-formed Friday Luncheon Group for parishioners over 60 was held recently. The group will gather monthly at the church for a program and lunch, provided for a nominal fee. The new activi- ty is sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee. October marks the 35th anni- versary of Emmanuel Episcopal on Mercer Island. The church moved to its 44th Avenue site in 1959. Women’s Ministries at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a retreat for women this week end, Oct. 21-22, at Rain- bow Lodge. “God’s Wondrous Ways with Women” will be the theme with Angela Ying, local or- dained Presbyterian minister, as keynote speaker. What’s cookin’? We want to know! Enter this year’s Mercer Is- land Reporter Holiday Recipe Contest and be a contender for this year’s grand prize: two tickets to California and two nights’ lodging, provided by Travel Professions and Reno Air. Category winners will re- ceive $50 gift certificates from Alexander and Astin, and final- ists will win a gift from Island Books. You’ll find entry blanks at Is- land grocery stores, and in the Reporter on C of this issue. Rec— ipes will be published in a cook— book supplement to the Report- er on Nov. 16. Deadline for en- tries is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 — not Oct. 16, as previously pub- lished entry blanks have indicat- ed. Contest categories include Appetizers, Soup or Salad, Main Dishes, Gifts from the Kitchen, Desserts, Coffee, and a new cat- egory, Just Pasta, Please. Judges choose three recipes in each category, which the cooks will prepare for a Com- munity Taste Panel in Novem- ber. 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