I was changing Phoebe's diaper today, and she asked me to pray. I held her little hands, we closed our eyes tight, and we prayed a sweet, simple little prayer. When we were finished, Phoebe smiled and said, "Mama pay (pray)?" Delighted by her heart that is tender to prayer -- and yet totally onto her scheme to delay a diaper change -- I told her that she could pray all by herself, without Mommy. So she did!
Phoebe shut her eyes tight, folded her hands, and prayed, "Dada home?" And then she opened her eyes, and gave a hearty "Amen". What a delight to her mommy!
Phoebe loves to pray with us, and especially gets a kick out of closing her eyes really tight. It's our prayer that she will always have a heart for prayer, and that her enthusiasm will never diminish.
(Daddy did not, by the way, come home before her nap... but he did come home for lunch while she napped! Perhaps this is her first lesson in prayer being answered in ways different than we might expect?)