Sunday, August 10, 2014

The Man Who Prayed Away Hurricanes

Many of you know that my eighty five year old dad recently took a bad fall. Off I went to Florida from my home in Virginia to be with dad and my sister.

On the way down I connected with my dad' s soul. My sister told me that he was in and out of awareness. I felt that dad was spending some time going back and forth between this side and the other side, and was having to choose between staying and going.

I tried to think of anything that might make dad think he had any unfinished business. I told him that the house was taken care of. I told him that Darlene and I would take up the mantle of praying away hurricanes (yes he was quite gifted in that).

I told him that whatever he decided was fine with us.

Dad always prayed blessings on us each time we talked and he usually said the same exact words:

You are crowned with God's glory and honor and every earthly blessing. You are surrounded with goodness and mercy. You are blessed in every way.

I said the blessing over him and gave him a kiss.

Who knows. Maybe he is not yet ready to give up the mantle of praying away hurricanes. He is a man who has fought death and won many times over.

What is your legacy?

When you come to the end of your life, what will people say about you? You may not pray away hurricanes. Maybe you are a really great mom. Maybe you are an amazing cook.

When we come to the time in our life when death comes calling, it will not matter how many likes your Facebook page had or who you knew or how much was in your bank account. What will matter is how many people you touched with love.


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    1. Thanks for reading, Mary. This was a post close to my heart.

  2. WOW. You've expressed such LOVE, I'm sure he can feel it. Sending prayers to you & Dad & family!

  3. Wow! Thank you for sharing that personal story, Joy. I would love to be known as the person who prayed away hurricanes. What a blessing your father is. I have no idea what I will be remembered for, but I would like it to be because I spread a little bit of love and joy ... that would be cool! Blessings to you and your father.

    1. Thanks Andrea. I am not sure what my legacy is either but I hope it is good!