Sebastian got in trouble today during lunch at school. As far as we understand his explanation, one of his classmates got in trouble for leaning on top of another kid, the kid that was leaned on got in trouble for goofing off, another kid got in trouble for saying "a bad word, but not one of the really bad words," and Sebastian got in trouble for talking too much and not eating. One of the lunch helpers (referred to as "lunch ladies" by the kids, even though they do not serve the food) gave the kids a talking to and handed down a punishment.
Tomorrow's punishment for them is to sit on the stage (because their school has the classic cafetorium — the cafeteria/auditorium hybrid) once they are done eating. Tonight during his bedtime routine, Sebastian prayed and asked God to help him not have to sit on the stage tomorrow. He finished praying, and I looked up at him. Sebastian had this look on his face, and it was evident that he realized on his own that he had already earned his punishment tomorrow. Without prompting, Sebastian quickly lowered his head again and gave a revised prayer:
Please help me to stop talking in the lunchroom. And please help the lunch lady to forgive me.
In Jesus' name, amen.
May all of our lunch ladies forgive us.