A Child’s Prayer

The Youth Education program introduces children to spiritual traditions around the world. Recently we had fun with activities and contemplation of the following universal values: love, caring, kindness, and prayerfulness (one each week).

In discussing caring and kindness, we were struck by how a small act of kindness can spread to many others.  In considering how we can always take time to pray, we looked at a Christian model:   Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer.

Here’s how it works.  When you hold up your hand, the thumb is closest to you. So start praying for those who are closest to you — your family and close friends.  They are the easiest to remember.

This child's hand shows the 5 Fingers Prayer for children, shared in our Youth Education program.
The Five Fingers approach is a very concrete way to teach kids the abstract activity of prayer.
  •  The next finger is the index. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you, and heal you. They need support and wisdom to show direction to others.
  • The middle finger is the tallest. It reminds us of our leaders, the governors and those who have authority. They need Spirit’s guidance.
  • The fourth finger is the ring finger. Did you know it is our weakest finger?  It reminds us to pray for the weak, the sick, or those plagued by problems. They especially need our prayers.
  • And finally we have the smallest of all. The pinkie reminds us to pray for ourselves.  When we are done praying for the other four groups, we are able to see our own needs in a better perspective.

We look forward to seeing your amazing children each Sunday!

Heide and Kellie