My mother was a prayer warrior. By that I mean, when she said she was praying for you it wasn’t just lip service. She was praying. I can remember many road trips between Ohio, where we are from, and Virginia and having near-miss accidents. When I would relate the stories to my mom I would ask, “were you praying for me?” and she would always say, ‘Yes!” I never doubted for a minute that my mother prayed me through many a winding road.
It’s been just a month since she passed away and the difficulty of this path has been enormous, I wont lie. I miss her desperately.
When someone passes there is much work that has to be done. Going through her things has been gut-wrenching and sweet at the same time. It has been during this process that I came across some index cards that I always saw her use. I had assumed they were Bible verses written down, because when I was a little girl that is how she helped me memorize my verses. She wrote them on index cards and helped me learn them.
To my surprise, I found that she had written her prayer requests on these cards. Just holding these cards humbles me. To read the names of every family member right down to second and third cousins, was pretty cool. Then there were the people in my families lives…right there on those cards. And they didn’t stop there. She prayed for the President and the leaders of our country, she prayed for missionaries and churches, she prayed for others suffering from cancer.
I admit, these precious index cards made me weep uncontrollably. I always thought my mother was amazing but now that she is gone it is even more evident to me what an incredible woman she was. I was so blessed to be her’s and to be loved unconditionally by her.
I started my own prayer cards yesterday. I somehow felt connected with her as I wrote out the names of those in my life. What an amazing legacy she left. And it is my goal to keep it going.
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