The last several times I have been with the grandchildren we have all climbed into the big bed in the guest room and had a Bible story and prayer time at bedtime. A few times we each held a little lamp while we prayed--one of my Dollar Tree purchases. It worked amazingly well but at this point it had burned out.
R asked if we could have prayers again when I was there last weekend. Of course, I said yes--even if I was very ready for bedtime for all! She improvised by substituting her magic wand for the light we had used before-a substitution that strikes me pretty funny even if theologically unsound!
Both boys were eager to read aloud the little Advent devotion booklet I brought from church. Even for a good reader, words like Joseph and Zechariah were difficult and "Savior" became "survivor." S has always been reluctant to pray aloud so we always say he is praying silently when he holds the light. This time he suddenly realized that it was a prayer at the end of the devotion as it started, "Dear Lord..." It gave him words to say and then he wanted to read it again--and again with his eyes shut! R wants to pray the Lord's Prayer but only remembers the first line and then a few lovely words like "trespasses" and "glory." I am getting her a child's book of the Lord's Prayer so that will help her learn a few more words.
It may not be the most serene and spiritual time especially when there seems to be some intrusion into personal space and discussions about who goes first, but I am glad R considers it a tradition we should continue each time Grandma comes.