What if you followed David’s lead?
Not the part about hitting Goliath in the head with a rock, but what comes before the actual battle: What David likely did as he picked out stones.
Stop. Think. Take time to ponder as you carefully choose your rocks.
The Bible doesn’t give us many details about the picking of these stones but I can imagine there was some thought that went into it. Let’s call it “Meditative Time.” Can we practice that? Yes!
You might first think of meditation as something that Buddhist’s do. It may be surprising to learn that meditation is found in all religious traditions. In Christianity it is the heart of the contemplative teaching of Jesus on prayer.
Here are the simple steps to begin meditation:
- Sit with your back straight and lightly close your eyes.
- Focus on your breathing.
- Silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or “mantra.” Try the Aramaic  word that means “Come Lord” – Maranatha. Break it into four syllables:
Breath In: Ma
Breath Out: Ra
Breath In: Na
Breath Out: Tha
- Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and words. When your mind drifts, bring yourself gently back and continue repeating your word.
(For a graphic with these steps refer to this website.)
- How long should this last? With young children start with one minute. When it becomes apparent that they can handle one minute, “praise them and say that since they are so good at it now, you will reward them by increasing it to two minutes. Every time they are at ease with the length of time, increase it by one minute till you reach their age – 4 minutes for age 4, 5 minutes for age 5 and so on.” 
- What if your child asks: Why say “Maranatha.” Is that some sort of magical word?” An answer.
Give David’s plan a try: stop and contemplate.
 Aramaic is the language that Jesus spoke.
 Suggestion from the website of The School of Meditation, of The World Community for Christian Meditation.
Contemplating rocks by Hagerty Ryan, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Image is in the Public Domain, provided by Public Domain Images.
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