“Through [Christ]…let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have; God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.” ~Hebrews 13: 15-16
My babies have been scooting
little cars and trucks over the furniture,
have been twirling themselves over the soft fuzz of carpet in the living room;
I sit at the top of my mat giving thanks and praise to God
for my life, family, prayer, and practice;
I cross myself in the name of our triune God,
hop to my feet, fold and roll my mat, and
my babies run, skip, and giggle toward me
holding out the purple velcro strap they know
I use at the very end.
My babies snuggle down to the bottom edge of their pillow,
pull the blankets to the bottom edge of their ear
and wait in their bed for a kiss.
I bend, lean, and reach over
tracing the cross on their forehead,
“God bless you, for ever and ever and always,” I whisper.
They pull my face close, small hands on my cheeks,
“God bless you, for ever and ever and always,” they whisper
in soft, tired voices. They reach out their arms
for the hug they know comes at the very end.