Our church (Elevation Church) does a great job in their kids program – keeping the kids engaged, learning about Jesus and wanting to come back each week.
Recently, they handed out Prayer Pals in Brooks’ class (the 2 y.o. class). They passed out instructions on how to implement the Prayer Pal and use it as a reminder tool to pray with and for our kids each day. As we were leaving, I held it and said… “wow, Brooks, look at your new Prayer Pal.”
He responded with, “no, that’s Caterpillar.”
Ok, no tricking this guy… it was a caterpillar-shaped prayer pal.
We brought him home and the first night it was all love and snuggles for Prayer Pal/Caterpillar.
However, after the first night Brooks decided he wasn’t going to be cuddling Prayer Pal anymore. I’d bring the soft, snuggly guy into his room during prayer time and Brooks would declare, “I don’t want that Prayer Pal. Put him in the playroom.” So out he would go.
I decided to give up on using Prayer Pal after a few nights of trying – we still did our normal tuck in prayer time, just without the cuddly friend. After all, Brooksie’s true love is his green blankie so nothing else has ever stacked up to it.
Fast forward to this past weekend:
Dean had washed Brooks’ blankie and so at bedtime it wasn’t available. I told Brooks I would bring blankie in later once it had dried.
He was still a little whiney about it even after he was tucked in, so I told him I would get something else. I went into the playroom and brought him Prayer Pal.
He seemed to take it without any fuss so I quickly left and went back to the laundry room just across the hall.
Not 10 seconds later, his door opened just an inch or two and I looked over, preparing myself to give a strict warning and tell him to get back to bed.
There was no need.
His small hand slid out of the tiny door crack, Prayer Pal was dropped on the floor, the door shut and two little feet scurried back into bed.
Yes, Brooks is VERY particular about who he invites into bed with him. Oh Brooks!