Hearing my grandmother pray aloud at bedtime when I was spending the night with her as a teenager surprised me. I didn’t know that she (or anyone else in my family, for that matter) ever prayed. … But from the attitude of familiarity in her words, I concluded that Grandma and God were on friendly terms. And when she began praying for her “loved ones,” I was even more surprised. She was a stern, reserved woman who never expressed affection. It would never have occurred to me that she would refer to people in our family as “loved ones.”
—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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[Paul wrote to Timothy] I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you.
—2 Timothy 1:5 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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