At our house, we have our time of family Scripture reading and prayer before bedtime. One Sunday Max decided he wanted to read the Bible during our family worship time. Then Elisabeth decided she wanted to join in. What followed was a mix of liturgical church service and family devotions. It was actually pretty impressive.
Jana and I left it completely in their hands. Elisabeth started us off with prayer and then Max read to us from a children’s rhyming Bible. It seemed to build spontaneously on itself, so next we sang a hymn together and then Elisabeth prayed once again to close out.
I suppose like most kids (and adults), Elisabeth and Max’s attitudes towards family prayer and Scripture reading waiver between the more frequent “let’s get this over with” and something resembling a true desire to spend time with God. The night they took charge of our family worship I was surprised at how they rose to the occasion. It didn’t seem like just pretending, it looked like they actually wanted to lead our family in our time with God. So when they wanted to lead our family worship the very next week, we didn’t hesitate to give them full control. This time everyone was a little more prepared. Elisabeth put up song sheets, and I brought my camera.