Surprise Blessing

August 15, 2008 at 11:35 am 1 comment

About a year ago, I volunteered to type the memoirs of a 90 year old woman.

The last few days, doing so has changed my life and perspective.

Her health has turned better and the notes were longer than I realized, so it’s taken a while.

I’m on page 106 of about 150 today.

To read for the first time it’s ever been read, the memoirs of faith of a 90 year old woman…the parting words she wants to share with her children, grand-children, and great-children, written intentionally to help them understand that God is our Place of Refuge...through all of life.

I hope she will release it for sharing, because it’s just wonderful to read.  I keep thinking was a joy it is going to be at her funeral, to have these words to share with family.  It makes me want to share meaningfully.

She took a Bible story, fictionalized it and told it in a very dramatic way, then made comparisons to her own life, and prayers for family.  Amazing.

She’s worked on it all her life, and it’s written cover to cover in a bound book…very few corrections or strike-throughs.  It’s not perfectly written, but easy to follow, like any hand-written letter.  I’ve gotten so unaccustomed to the beauty of reading something hand-written–it will hate to part with the hand-writing when I’m finished.  It is such a trust.

Part of a blessing prayer I copied from it today that touched me to the core:

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Grant, Lord, that we may hold to you without parting, worship you without wearying, serve you without failing, faithfully seek you, happily find you, and forever possess you. Blessed now and forever. Let us seek you in our desire, Let us desire you in our seeking, let us find you by loving you, let us love you when we find you. Then we will be safe in your Place of Refuge. May God open to us the little things in life, so that our hearts don’t grow old. May He teach us to be supple and thirsty for the everyday wonders of being alive so that our minds won’t grow weary. May he help us not to have to be so useful that we become useless. Let us not become useless, my Lord, let us remember what you have done for us…

I know she would want it shared anonymously if done at all, so I will leave the author anonymous.   I encourage you mother’s to write your prayers for your family…that’s all.  Write them down, in your own pen.

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  • 1. Cindy  |  August 15, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    sob!

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