Sign of the cross

April 3, 2003

Usually when I tuck in the children at night, I pray with them. But Kevin Rains‘ example of a while back challenged me, so sometimes after we have prayed their various requests, I have put my hand on them and said a quick blessing. Being Vineyard kids, they’re used to the idea of laying on hands to pray for someone. But last night (oh my Protestant fathers!) I made the sign of the cross on their foreheads, saying, “I bless you in the name of Jesus.” When they looked at me with questions in their eyes, I explained, “By making the sign of the cross, I am praying with my fingers as well as my mouth.” Well, they seemed to like that: little Erin started crossing herself, as did Trevor. Shelly reached over from her top bunk to make the sign of the cross on me! …When I told Kay about it this morning, she laughed and said, “You can tell introverts from extraverts!”

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

3 responses to Sign of the cross

  1. I do a similar thing with my children. Isn’t it amazing what kids will intuitively pray about? Often it’s quite powerful. I love what you said about your fingers praying along with your mouth. Cool! 🙂

  2. Similar
    At a midwinter retreat this year I did the same with my teens.

  3. Sign of the Cross, part 2

    Our children have bedtime rituals: put on pajamas, brush teeth, Daddy reads a story (“Do the voices!” the children say), then off to bed for prayer, hugs and kisses. With 6-year-old Erin, the kissing is quite complex; it must include