“Highs and Lows” is a simple way to check in with family members about their day, and bring the day to God.
This article is adapted from the book 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids.
Here’s a really simple way to introduce kids to the Ignatian daily examen.
At the end of the day (perhaps over dinner), have each person share their “highs” and “lows” for the day: What was the best thing that happened today? What was the worst? As each person shares his or her highs and lows, have another person offer a prayer for whatever that person mentioned. (See an article by writer and spiritual director Becky Eldredge on this practice, below.)
Explain that we can give the events of our days back to God in prayer. We can give the “highs” back to God in the form of our joy and thanks, and we can give the lows back to God by “offering them up”—that is, uniting our suffering (no matter how small) with the suffering of Christ on the cross, so that God might take our suffering and turn it into something good, just as he did in the Resurrection.
Say a simple prayer such as the Our Father or a spontaneous prayer of your own, or sing a simple song, as a way of offering your highs and lows to God.
- A Daily Examen for Children and Teens: How to adapt the Ignatian Examen for children and teens.
- Praying the Examen with Children: Becky Eldredge talks about her own experience using a super-simple Highs and Lows examen, with a twist: each child offers their highs and lows from the day, and each child prays for another child’s highs and lows.