My Grandmother’s PrayerNew Every Morning | November 15, 2022
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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Prayer began with my parents, before bedtime and grace at meals. There was the Lords’s prayer in my first grade class. Sunday school expanded an understanding of it. Prayers on my own began when I was in the army. I’ve had prayers answered in God’s way I became a more frequent prayer in the last 25 years. I believe in the power of prayer and try to pray more frequently. To me praying is talking to God, listening for God’s reply, staying in touch with God.
Just finished “Revival, Faith as Wesley Lived it.” Have learned more about Wesley in the last few years than I ever knew in all my time in the Methodist then UMC. I think every UMC should read this Adam Hamilton book. There was no mention of Wesley’s marriage. I was saddened to learn that Wesley’s marriage did not last. An Advent study, “Prepare The Way For The Lord” is next.
The change to colder weather continues with the first snowfall forecast to start tonight into Wednesday. Church Council meets tonight, I think we are changing to a different church governing method since we have fewer members and many are wearing multiple hats. Concerns for the three viruses expected this winter are also a topic.
Lay Servant class ended yesterday. I’ll wait until the New Year to decide what to do next.
Prayers for all of the NEM family. Thank You, Lord.
When I took confirmation classes. I attended an Episcopal church with my best friend’s family and she and I were the only two in our class. The minister was young and he put a rock in front of us and told us to pray for the rock. He said if we could pray for a rock we could pray in any situation and for anyone.
Yesterday was another very bad day with h. We had another physical altercation, this time in the front yard. He harmed me physically and I do not know how much longer I can care for him. My health and safety are at stake. Today I have an appointment with my nephrologist. He is the doctor whose offiice has been harassing me. I called my PCP and they called the nephrologist and told him to stop.
Prayers for Ally as she prepares for the inspection, Jill as she begins physical therapy, and Robert as he ponders his next move on the lay servant path.