Now I lay me down to sleep...
Well, I went to see if people still used the sweet little "die" poem I posted earlier, and I found one of the most frightening pages I've seen yet on the web. Charles Kirkpatrick uses this prayer on his site Sermons4Kids.com to suggest indoctrinating children with the theme "Looking forward to the resurrection". He suggest finding a doll "that can open and close its eyes", (and excuse me for a second because I can't help but summerize the whole page) along with two scripture quotes, a story about Job suffering and dying, a teaching of Jesus, and a COLORING PAGE. In smaller letters at the bottom, it says that some people felt this too disturbing for young children. Obviously the author doesn't share this concern!
Well, why not frighten a child with the thought of death while they are relaxing into sleep?
Hey, let's give them some other things to think about:
and if a fire should light my bed,
mom will come quick, just rest my head;
and if an earthquake should shake the ground,
mama will make sure that I am found;
and if a tarantula should be strolling near,
papa will take care of it, never fear.
[mamas don't do tarantulas]
time to close my eyes, rest, and pray,
hope that a flood won't sweep me away.
Do I add Mr. Kirkpatrick to my list? Stay tuned for more...