Friday, May 3, 2013

Say A Little Prayer For You

This story happened a few weeks ago, but I decided to wait until after the A-Z challenge was over to share it on my blog. Enjoy.
It was just a normal day at work. I had music softly playing in the background while I tackled my To Do list one item at a time. But then my personal phone started buzzing. A co worker's name popped up on the screen. For a split second I though about not answering it. Not that I didn't love chatting with her, but I was in the middle of entering a report. But then I figured if she was calling my personal phone, something may be wrong.

I'm so glad I answered that call. On the other side of the line was my friend's voice. Shaken. Panicked. In Fear. A member of her family was in the middle of surgery and my friend was worried they weren't going to make it through. I could hear her voice cracking as she asked me to pray. She then admitted she's never asked anyone to pray for her before...but she didn't know what else to do.

After offering her as much comfort as I could, I hung up, took a deep breath, and prayed. And then looked online for "surgery" prayers, changed the words to one and sent it to her in an e-mail. I also asked two of my other coworkers, both spiritual people, to pray with me.

For the next hour or so I prayed for my friend and her family. An hour later, she sent me a message that her family member was out of surgery and doing okay. Relief.

I share this story to tell you that sometimes we need each other. And it's okay to ask for help, and for prayers. I keep thinking what if my friend had not called me? She would have let it stew inside her brain and her nerves would have been totally shot. But she felt comfortable enough coming to me and saying "I need help". I was proud of her. That takes courage. It's not always easy to reach out to your friends when you need them.

I take my role as a Christian pretty seriously. When someone asks me to pray for them, I do my very best to make it a point to actually pray for them. It's what we are called to do. And you don't even need someone to ASK. You know how sometimes, someone will just randomly come to your mind? Take that as an opportunity to pray for them, or send them positive vibes. They don't have to know that you did it...but you'll know. It's a reminder that we are all connected for a very special reason, and that our duty is to be here for one another.

I wish you all a very happy, blessed weekend. My best friend, a coworker and her best friend, and myself are headed to the Taylor Swift Concert tomorrow night. We are going all out, because, well, why not? So if you see 4 gals in their late 20's decked out in red and glitter, that's us.


Hannah said... Add Reply

What a lovely and touching story. Thanks for sharing. I love praying, especially for others. They have no idea I do it but I do. It's the only time i feel truly relaxed and at peace with myself, when i'm praying for someone.

Rob-bear said... Add Reply

A lovely story of faithfulness and being a friend. Thanks for haring it.

Blessings and Bear hugs!
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Misha Gerrick said... Add Reply

Prayer is such a powerful tool in our arsenal, yet people forget about it until the day they really need it.

I think it's wonderful that someone could go to you and ask you to pray for their loved ones. :-)

Kinley Dane said... Add Reply

The other lesson here is that you are obviously a good witness to your faith, because otherwise that coworker would never have called you. Well done!

I, too, take it seriously when I say I'll pray for someone. I think oftentimes people just say those words, almost like, "I'm thinking of you." But when I say I'll pray for you, I mean it.

I'm glad your coworkers family member made it through okay!

Unknown said... Add Reply

I'm so glad you answered that call! And it seems like God was speaking to your heart that when he puts a name in your heart, it's just like that call. Have fun at your concert!