Dear Grandpa Bunny,
Is it possible to pray to God without talking or asking for anything?
Love, Little Bunny
Dear Little Bunny,
What an amazing question! I’ve never thought about it that way before. But yes, I do think it’s possible. Actually we animals can often do it even better than people. Human beings are such talkers. Even when they are not talking with words out loud, they still talk inside their minds. We animals are by nature, quieter. Well, maybe not the birds…but definitely we rabbits are.
Think about how God made rabbits…
We know how to be still; as still as a rock, right?
We are observant, with keen eyes that watch everything so attentively.
We are fast. Our hind leg muscles can blast with pure power when we need to.
We have some of the downiest soft fur in the whole world.
We are cautious and careful, but on sunny spring days we leap high in the air just for the JOY! of it.
I think even just appreciating the way that God made us rabbits, or anything He made, so extra specially wonderful can be a prayer. What do you think?
A fun way to remember to appreciate God’s goodness is a game my Grandpa played with me. He would say, “God is GOOD!” and he taught me to say back, “ALL the time!” Then I’d say to him, “God is GOOD!” and he would respond…”ALL the time!” We would go back and forth this way over and over. It was the most fun praying I ever had.
Find someone to try it with you!
Love and prayers,
For the Big Bunnies… Activity: God is GOOD… All the time!
You can try this simple adoration prayer with your children (grandchildren, students) this week, and for the rest of Lent if you like.
Grandpa Bunny’s little chant is a good reminder for all of us.
Big Person starts by saying loudly, ” God is GOOD!”
Then show the child to respond, “ALL the time!
Then parent says, “ALL the time!” and child replies, “God is GOOD!”
This little echo can be started at any time and can become a game started by either the grownup or child. Say it soft. Say it loud! Say it fast. Say it slow. The key is, no matter how you are feeling, (grownups), do respond!!!
The creator of the Grandpa Bunny Letters is Cathy Gilmore, a native of St. Louis, MO and a married mother ofthree. The Grandpa Bunny Letters are inspired by Cathy’s love for JRR Tolkien’s wonderful, Letter’s From Father Christmas. Experience with the Montessori-based children’s Bible study program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd gives Cathy a unique approach to writing children’s literature. She is the author of the endearing children’s book Little Lamb Finds Christmas and co-author of the book, Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day, in which a new kind of Easter Bunny shows that “Jesus is the JOY of Easter!” Cathy’s passion is to cultivate each reader’s spiritual imagination through stories that touch the heart with the transforming love of Christ.