Plug in to the Power of Prayer

The power of prayer does not come from the prayer itself; it comes from God.  He hears our prayers and answers our prayers.

Earlier this week my fiance and I were invited to a mutual friend’s home for dinner.  We planned to “catch up” with one another.  He said he wanted to hear details about our upcoming trip to Haiti.  When we arrived, our friend said, “I hope you don’t mind that I invited my daughter and her children to join us.”   Of course, we did not have a problem with that.

When the daughter and her two children arrived, the little girl was carrying an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper with colors and words on it.  I thought, “How sweet of her to bring a letter to her grandpa.”  In fact, the paper had a Bible verse on one side and a message that her family would be praying for me.  It was written by the mom and signed by the little girl and her brother.

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Through the years, I have been inspired and impressed by our friend.  He personifies the word, “Encouragement.”  My fiance and I have the utmost respect for him.  And as I sat there sharing what God has been doing in our lives… now in a way, that hopefully, a three and four year old could understand, my respect for this man grew even greater.

God calls us to live in community… we all need each other.  This man was intentionally showing his grandchildren that the world is a very big place.  He was broadening their minds to the needs of others.  He was purposely passing on his values of faith, hope, love, service, truth, community, prayer and yes, even sharing in the financial burdens of others, to the next generation.  What a great example and legacy to leave with his friends and family.  It was a true honor to be a part of it all.  It is truly an honor and a blessing to be his friend.

Lyle Jessen, Linda Martin, Ashley Stokka, Bob McConnell, Will and Jordyn

Lyle Jessen, Linda Martin, Ashley Stokka, Bob McConnell, Will and Jordyn

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