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Send your prayer requests and praise reports to Trudie Jackson Smither.

Plase pray for Debbie Dunlap Elliott who has just been diagnosed with leukemia.  She is the in the Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans.    (December 11, 2010)

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from Carol Penland Fleming by way of Ann Brown Beasley: (August 16, 2009)

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport.  They had announced the departure.  Standing near the security gate, they hugged, and the mother said, "I love you, and I pray you enough."

The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough.  Your love is all I ever needed.  I pray you enough, too."

They kissed, and the daughter left.   The mother walked over to the window where I was seated.  Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry.  I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?"

"Yes, I have," I replied.  "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?"

"Well...I'm not as young as I once was, she lives so far away and has her own busy life.  I have some challenges ahead, and the reality is--her next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.

"When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, 'I pray you enough.  May I ask what that means?"

She began to smile.  "That's a prayer that has been handed down from other generations.  My parents used to say it to everyone."  She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more.  "When we said, 'Ipray you enough,' we wanted the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them."  Then turning toward me, she shared the following as if whe were reciting it from memory:

I pray you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.                                                                                                            I pray you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.                                                                                                                                                                  I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.                                                                                                                                             I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest joys of life may appear bigger.                                                                                                                              I pray you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.                                                                                                                                                                                I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.                                                                                                                                                                 I pray you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye.

Then she began to cry, and walked away. 

They say, it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them. 

To all my friends and loved ones, I pray you enough.

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A classmate has asked "why do we need permission to post a prayer request?"  This is what I told them:

Here in Dallas I have since 1992 coordinated the Episcopal Hospital Chaplaincy program for the Diocese of Dallas.   It has two main focuses:  trained volunteers who visit mostly Episcopal patients who are either unchurched or from outside the diocese, and education (workshops) for education in pastoral ministry.  For instance, our latest workshop addressed resources for the mentally ill.  Because I work closely with the hospitals, I am aware of their patient confidentiality guidelines.   Although confidentiality has always been important, it is especially so now because of the national HIPAA guidelines for patient privacy.  HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (see the gov't HHS website if you want more information).   No information about a patient may be taken out of the hospital without the permission of the patient him/herself.

I look forward to receiving your prayer requests to be posted on the website!  Please send them to me at smither8@aol.com

 
 
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