Lent 20: French Fries

From my book Writing to God: Kids’ Edition, prayer idea #2: Write to God about your feelings. Tell God when you’re happy. God likes to hear your joy! You can write sentences about feeling  happy, or write a list of thanks that make you happy. For example, Logan (age 5) writes, “Dear God, thank you for making me happy. I’m happy you let me play soccer on a team. I’m happy you let me have sisters and brothers. I’m happy you made chips because I really like chips.” (Paraclete Press 2012, pg 24-25)

For salt-and-vinegar French fries,
cut fresh, still with the potato skins.

For smooth dark bits of goodness
from my favorite chocolate store.

For my friend whose injury will heal
with the help of doctors and time.

For conversations that continue
across hours, days, even years.

For soft clean bedsheets in which
I wiggle and stretch out my toes.

For all the delights of this world,
I give thanks, O Holy Diversion!

Psalm 148

Let the broken moon shell,
worn & weary in the breaking waves,
disclose its silent testimony
of God’s faithfulness:

of the Delight that formed
its microscopic life
on the ocean’s floor;

of the Strength that guarded
its days and the Beauty
that nurtured its growth;

of the Grace that comforted
its breaking and then found a new life
to call the brokenness “home”;

 of the Wholeness that honed
many fragments into one landscape,
many lives into one eternal story.

 Let the broken moon shell,
serene in the breaking waves,
invoke creation’s praise
for God’s faithfulness.

ROY G BIV

Today’s prayer prompt comes from Writing to God: Kids’ Edition, my second book and an engaging resource to encourage young readers in prayer. One of my favorite prompts in the Kids’ Edition holds endless possibilities for prayer:

“What’s your favorite color? What do you like about that color? As you think about your favorite color, can you imagine anything that God has in common with that color? For example, if you like blue because it’s a beautiful color for the sky, you could say that blue is beautiful…and God is beautiful too! Describe how God is like your favorite color.” (Paraclete Press 2012, pg 56)

Don’t be afraid of prayer-writing playfully in response to this prompt, nor should you be surprised if the prompt inspires a thoughful prayer from your pen. I hope that you’ll share your prayers as comments here; I’m eager to hear what colors you choose! Here’s my colorful psalm:

Flushed with passion

Bold as a tiger lily

Sunshine to my soul

Envious as the all-encompassing ivy

Lament in a 12-bar keen

Mysterious, ever-fleeting

Faithful and exposed like a bloom

How great you are, O God our God,
like a breath-taking rainbow!

Whiny Brats (or Psalm 24:1)

It well may be that
GOD
is a
whiny
brat,
running around like
a 4-year-old
announcing “Mine! Mine!”
definitely OLD ENOUGH to know better
but still
YOUNG ENOUGH
to try to get away with it.
Which God can,
because
hello?
God is GOD.
Most challenging:
4-year-old God
seems to think that it is fun
to be in a room
with other
4-year-olds
(me and you)
who also
run around ridiculously
whining “MINE! MINE!”
and although a caring preschool teacher might say,
“No, it belongs to all of us so we need to share,”
we are bratty kids who know better:
the toys & the crayons
belong to the preschool
just like the world & all that is in it
belong to
GOD
which is probably why
we spend so much time
out-shouting God
“Mine!
Mine!”
because when we shout over God
then it’s easier to overlook
the part about being
wrong
and we can still
pretend to believe
that everything belongs
to the kid
who gets things
FIRST.

P.S. I totally love kids. And I don’t believe that 4-year-olds are inherently bratty, but sometimes I suspect that adults are.