Some of my best conversations with my daughter Lily (almost 5 years old) happen during bathtime. Something about this quiet time together makes us both relax and share stories from the day. Last night, we had a conversation that literally left me in tears, so I thought I would share it with you.
Lily: “Mom, why does Jesus want us to pray for snot?”
Me: “WHAT? Snot? Who told you that?”
Lily: “It’s in our prayers, Mommy. We pray for snot everyday. Duh….”
Me: “I don’t know, Lily. I can’t say that have ever directly prayed for snot. What in the world are your talking about?”
Lily: “You know, Mommy….in the Our Father…..we say ‘lead us snot into temptation.’ We are praying for snot.” <giggles>
Me (trying to contain the laughter): “No, Lily. It says, ‘lead us not into temptation’ in the Our Father. There is no mention of snot, sweetie.”
Lily: Well, that’s just silly. I want to pray for snot. Jesus wants me to pray for snot.
Sometimes, there is just no reasoning with a 5 year old. So we just concluded that maybe Jesus needs a Kleenex.
AMEN (or should I say, ACHOO).