We pray with our children each night before they go to bed. Besides free-form prayer we believe it is important that they learn scripture. To that end we usually recite either the Lord's Prayer or Psalm 23. Tonight, right as we finished the Lord's Prayer Josiah suddenly becomes very serious and says, "I wanted to do Shepherd." (this is the nickname in our house for the 23rd Psalm) "Oh, alright. Well, we can do that one, too." He then proceeds to recite the entire thing by himself which, if you're wondering, is the cutest thing you've ever heard. I then decide to take the opportunity to probe him with slightly weightier questions about his relationship to Jesus.
Josiah, what is the most important thing you will ever need to know?
He is lying in his bed watching me very solemnly. He furrows his brow slightly, thinking and pondering this most difficult question. Finally he breathes a sigh of relief as he formulates the obvious answer.
To know how to ask you for gum and candy in the morning.
Umm... well, he got the, "know how to ask" part down right. Now we just need to replace Jesus with the gum and candy. Come on, God!