Praying Outloud


Today I did something I have never done before with my Dad, in all my 43 years of life.

I prayed with him.

I asked him first, and he said yes, I’m so very glad he did.

I held his hand, my sister held his other.  Just us three in the hospital room.

The words were there, but I had to take a deep breath before I could speak outloud.  The emotions of this time were getting to me.  The fear, sadness, and uncertainty.  But I pulled through and although my voice was a little cracking at times I think it went OK.

I’m so very glad I could do this with my Dad.  I’m thankful that after the prayer we were able to have a conversation that brought peace back to me and gave me a precious memory to have. I am thankful the fear did not win out.  Moments like these will stay in the special box of my mind and heart.

Have you prayed with or over someone lately?  I encourage you to put that on your to do list for the week.  It’s a good thing.

Grace is a gift,

Julie

My sister took this photo this week while Dad was telling me a story of days gone by.  I'm glad. It's a keeper, his smile is great!
My sister took this photo this week while Dad was telling me a story of days gone by. I’m glad. It’s a keeper, his smile is great!
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11 thoughts on “Praying Outloud

  1. This is one of the most precious moments to have with your parents. I know as children the smiles were few and far between. I just love this picture and will add it to my collection. Everytime I see him it brings up a new.. well old…memory of the feed lot…lol
    Love you all,

    Dana Kaye

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  2. Julie, I. love. this. I want to say how proud of you I am (without it sounding the least bit condescending) because well, I am. I know this was a big deal for you and I know too how things like this bring you peace. “The prayer of the righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:…16 I think. In this case for him and for you!

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  3. I love this, Julie! I know that this took a lot for you and how awesome is that!! A time you and your dad will never forget!! Love you, my friend!!!

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  4. So beautiful! There really isn’t anything quite like praying with someone, especially when it’s not a common occurrence. I often pray for some of my siblings, but would love the chance to pray with them in person. Thank you for the reminder to not take these times for granted!

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  5. I am trying to learn to do this more. It is awkward, and yet, it can be such a blessing to me and to whoever I am with. Somehow this is easier with other people than my own parents!

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