Don’t you wish
you could swathe bubble wrap
completely around your children
to protect them
from the world?
It’s so easy to sensibly reason why life has owies, ickies, and scaries until you get a baby completely dependent on your care and then all that rationale flies out the window. You begin to really wish it was as easy as bubble wrapping for a defensive shield besides all that love your planning on giving.
There IS an actual sort of bubble wrap that you can do,
and it works, but best when done every single day for their protection.
It is called prayer.
‘Oh golly, that’s too easy, that won’t do it,’ You say.
Prayer has power and prayer empowers. Prayer teaches your child, from the very start, that he/she is valued by the parent who, from the beginning prays for them. When they get a tiny bit older teaches them how to pray. As they learn how, prayer becomes a together time. Then gradually, praying together teaches who sent them to us in the first place; a loving God who they belong to first. And who loves them, if it is possible, even more than we do.
This is a power
that wraps around your baby
like a shield
and empowers your child
when they are not with you.
Is not this the very best bubble wrap of all?
Protect in the morning by praying with your child; especially before they leave the house for daycare, camp, or school. (One mother of teenage boys said this is an every day ritual that she cannot afford to give up as a connect to her boys who now are seeking independence).
Protect in the night by praying before you tuck in, kiss and say ‘I love you.” When the day goes to night the world feels vulnerable and scary. Prayer is that shield of protection that even the Boogy-man or monsters under the bed cannot penetrate. And bless those scary things in your prayer so your child can feel stronger then nightmares that come. In life when real tough challenges, monsters, or Boogy men come, they will know they are empowered by God through prayer! And also know you are still praying for them, too.