When the kids were little, in addition to their nightly prayers we also asked them a question every night, “What are you happy for?” The answer had to reflect something that directly related to that day. Some nights they didn’t want to play the game and we would get answers like “I’m happy I’m going to bed” or “I’m happy this day is over.” Sometimes they were happy for a new video game or a visit with a favorite friend.
Art and I were not exempt from the game. Often we really had to rack our brains to come up with one thing to be happy for. After awhile we started to realize that there are many small things in a day for which we can give thanks.
As Bud and Boo got older and age and activities made it so there was no one bedtime for everybody, we slowly moved away from our nightly tradition. Circumstances changed in our lives and we became so busy running our new business that we forgot to give thanks for all the blessings we had.
Today our lives are not great. Every day is a struggle both monetarily and emotionally. I’ve decided it’s time to reinstate “what are you happy for?” I’ll go first:
Today I am happy for my husband, my children, my family and friends, our puppy and big dog, a house to live in, food in the pantry.
What are you happy for?
All who take refuge in Him (God) are happy. – Psalm 2: 12b