I can’t tell you how many times I have taught children and their parents a simplified version of the Examin. I suggest that at the end of each day, they take a few minutes to reflect on their day and find a couple of things to be grateful for and then take a moment to ask God for something. It seems doable, a prayer that can be shared as a family, and yet simple enough for even the youngest children. I know how popular it is, and am aware of how long it has been used by so many.
The only thing that was missing for me, was the power of this simple prayer! It wasn’t until I started taking a few minutes of reflection that I began to see the miracles hidden within it. Each day is filled with these miracles, not bread-to-wine miracles, but small ones gifted to us through the smile of a stranger, a hug from a child, or a glance of understanding from a friend. These are the moments that so easily get lost in the busy-ness of our days, and yet, these are the very same moments that reflect heaven.
It is only in the quiet and stillness of the last minutes of the day that these special memories come to the forefront of my mind. And, it is in the recollection of these moments, when I lift my eyes in gratitude, that I find the peace to settle in for a restful night’s sleep.