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Melba Lovelace: Teach your children to pray
Published: July 11, 2012



DEAR MELBA: I've wanted to write this note to you for sometime. With the encouragement of my friend, Mrs. Walsie Peters, I decided it was time.

My idea has to do with children praying. If a person doesn't want to teach children to pray about dying, some changes could be made in their bedtime prayer:

“Now I lay me down to sleep,

I pray the Lord my soul to keep,

If I should die before I wake,

I pray the Lord my soul to take.”

Here are some different finishing lines. My favorite: “If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways.”

Others include: “Lord help me not retaliate, when someone wants to pick a fight.”

Another good finish could be: “I leave my prayers with you alone, whose wisdom is wiser than my own.”

June Tittsworth, Guthrie

DEAR MELBA: I saw this church sign in Hartshorne recently: TGIF — Today God is first.

Mary Lee Colwell, Wilburton

DEAR MELBA: We used to purchase a product to make our white shoes look respectable. I have not been able to find it recently and don't care for the polish I have found. Please ask readers to recommend their favorite polish and where it is available.

Carol Merrell, Oklahoma City

DEAR MELBA: This is basically the same recipe for Bishop's Wine Oil Dressing you published last week — same ingredients, but with different amounts. I don't remember where I got the recipe but suspect it came from your column many years ago.

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