(who has been showing up for frequent appearances on my bloggity-blog space)
like most children her age,
enjoys singing many traditional nursey rhymes.
One of her most requested is The Wheels on the Bus – sung with her Care Bear Friends!
She loves how they electronically interact with one another & she is always inviting others to sing-a-long with them too!
We all love joining in – clapping, stomping, swishing, and singing along (over & over again,) until our grand-daughter has decided to move onto the next activity.
(Or until Cuppycake pretends “the Bears need a nap,” giggles!)
This little sing-a-long song often stays with me days later, as it plays softly in my head; especially as I’m traveling in my car. I’m not sure why, but it’s rhythmic melody is soothing to me during my prayer-time while driving from place to place.
If you were to ride with me you would see that my car always has a rosary (or two) in it, and there are prayer cards scattered here & there.
And I even have a personalized prayer routine each time I am in the car.
If there was an OCD for prayer practices…I just may BE on it’s spectrum!
I began praying in the car years ago, as life became more hectic with the children’s activity schedules. As the days of praying the rosary while breast/bottle feeding, or scripture study during nap time, began to dwindle – I started making subtle changes. We were a family on the move and my prayer-time needed to be adapted!
As the kids became older and more independant I was able to return to a more quiet, contemplative, and centered prayer practice; however, praying in the car has never left me.
It is always changing and adapting as the Lord leads me to different ways or specific intentions, but it still is there.
The current trend is as follows:
I pray A Divine Mercy Chaplet for the Holy Souls in Purgatory on the way to Morning Mass, or the first time taking the car out for the day.
I pray another Divine Mercy Chaplet on the way home from Morning Mass, each decade being devoted as an specific intention for my immediate family members.
(Decade One: For our oldest son, his daughter, and his future bride. Decade Two: For our daughter, her husband, and their future family. Decade Three: For our youngest son and the discernment of his vocation. Decade Four: For my husband & his daily protection. Decade Five: For all other family members, friends & most especially my enemies; that they receive the blessings of the Lord, in their day.)
And longer car rides usually are filled with a complete rosary, while shorter trips may include only a decade or two!
But no matter the distance…
the “prayers in the car”
“round & round, round and round, all through the town!”
What prayer patterns do you have?
I do hope you’ll CARE-to-share!
hugs n’ blessings for all the ups & downs of life in need of prayer!!