Misinterpreting the Lord's
When my twin daughters were
young, I taught them to say this prayer before going to bed. As I
listened outside their door, I could hear them say, "Give us this
steak and daily bread, and forgive us our mattresses." My husband
and I always had a good laugh over this. That was over 50 years
ago, and the memory still remains in my heart.
From San Francisco:
When I was a child, I learned this prayer as "Our Father, who are
in Heaven, Howard be thy name." I always thought that was God's
My mother spent her early childhood saying, "Hail Mary, full of
My son, who is in nursery school, said, "Our Father, who art in
Heaven, how didja know my name?"
I remember thinking this prayer was "Give us this day our jelly
I recall reading something years ago about the Pledge of
Allegiance. Some child thought it began, "I led the pigeons to the
When I was little, I often wondered who Richard Stands was. You
know: "I pledge allegiance to the flag and to the republic for
I once knew a child whose favorite Sunday school song was "Gladly,
the Cross-Eyed Bear."
When my husband was 6 years old, he thought a certain prayer was
"He suffered under a bunch of violets.." The real words were
"under Pontius Pilate," but at that age, he didn't know better. To
this day, we still snicker in church whenever that prayer is read.
Lake Forest Park, Wash:
When I was a little girl, we sang a song in Sunday school about
Noah. Part of the chorus was "And the rains came down, and the
floods came up." We lived next door to a couple of charming little
girls who always sang this song while playing in their garden.
Their words were, "And the rains came down, and the spuds came
Oak Harbor, Wash:
When my older brother was very young, he always walked up to the
church altar with my mother when she took communion. On one
occasion, he tugged at her arm and asked, "What does the priest
say when he gives you the bread?" Mom whispered something in his
ear. Imagine his shock many years later when he learned that the
priest doesn't say, "Be quiet until you get to your seat."
Grand Junction, Colo:
When I was younger, I believed the line was "Lead a snot into
temptation." I thought I was praying for my little sister to get