This week in worship we’ll be exploring both the deadly and life-giving ways of mothering. As a child I remember my mother taking my sister and me to church. At times she would have to literally drag us or negotiate with us to go. Once we got there we would go to Sunday school and then during worship inevitably one of us would fall asleep in her lap or I would read the story of David and Goliath. After leaving home I strayed from the way my mother had taught and brought me up, which is not uncommon for those in college. Proverbs 22:6 speaks to these all too familiar circumstances: “Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it.” Mothers are constantly in prayer for their children’s salvation, future and protection.

As I reflect on how I was raised in the way, strayed and then returned, I ask myself, “How can I be in constant prayer with God?” One of the easiest ways that I’ve found to be in constant prayer with God is through breath prayers. Breath prayers are a good way to invite God to interact with you throughout your day. An example of a breath prayer is, (breathe in) Jesus, (breathe out) Be my guide.

I’d like to challenge you this week to be in constant prayer with God, whether you are driving your car, shopping for groceries or wrangling toddlers. Invite God to be the co-author of your life’s book.

–Alex Rossow, Pastoral Care Intern