We are in the habit of praying together as a family before meals, in the car, on hikes, spontaneously, and right before bed.
The bedtime prayer typically happens because our 3-year-old INSISTS. “Let’s pray,” she’ll say, tugging our hands toward her little sister’s bedroom. We typically pray until one of the girls inevitably sits on or elbows or scratches the other as they attempt to hug or lay side-by-side.
Tonight, right before we prayed, Tim looked at me and startled me with this question: “Can you believe we only have 60 years left to be with our kids?” That’s assuming that we live to be around 90.
I know everyone always says that life is short, but: LIFE IS SHORT.
[Do you really, truly, completely believe that with all of your heart?]. [Do your actions prove it?]. I ask myself those questions all of the time.
60 years isn’t very long. And, perhaps, I don’t even have that long. Maybe I have only 1 year. Or less.
THIS is the day to love my husband, enjoy my kids, help the poor, laugh out loud, smile at a stranger, turn off the television, see the sunrise, fight against injustice, promote peace. THIS is the time to do something large and dangerous and remarkable.
Today I am reminded to: Seize the Day*.
* I totally love this song, even if the music video is not as spectacular as it could be.
How do you pray as a family – daily, weekly, whenever inspiration strikes? What songs or quotes remind you to make the most of life?