The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


December 3, 2008

Return of the Glow-In-The-Dark Rosary

It took less than a day for Jillian to lose her rosary. When I came to pick her up at preschool, she started crying in breathless heaves, telling me that she thought she had put it in her jacket pocket. We searched the play yard and put out an all-points bulletin for it in the preschool office, but it was no consolation for Jilly. By the time we got to the car, she was sobbing.

There's a Catholic bookstore just a few blocks from Jill's school, so we headed in that direction. I needed Advent candles, after all, and I figured that this place probably stocked them. I told the clerk that we lost a special glow-in-the-dark rosary, and he immediately pointed us to the rosary section of the store, where we found dozens wrapped in cellophane packets. Jillian picked a replacement and, for an extra 75 cents, I sprang for a pink "back-up rosary" just in case the new glow-in-the dark one went missing, too.

We used the rosary again at bedtime -- but this time with a twist. With each bead, she said a prayer for someone special and she zipped through the strand faster than I would have thought. She "God blessed" more than 60 people, including an assortment of stuffed animals and cartoon characters.

The gift for me in her prayer was realizing how many people have blessed my little girl's life with friendship and love. While I'm not sure that we used the rosary in the "right" way, the prayers said that night were among the most meaningful ones my daughter and I have shared.

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