I was thinking about my brother Jesse this morning, he went to heaven to be with the Lord about a month ago. My friend Francel sent me this story and I just felt maybe I should pass it on to you. I love you… I pray you enough! ~Lan
I Pray You Enough!
Recently, I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. The public address system had announced the departure.
Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, “I love you, and I pray you enough.”
The daughter replied, “Dad ~ our life together has all been God’s blessings and more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I pray you enough, too. And, Dad, when you go, please don’t look back. We hug, we kiss, and we go. I do not want to see you leave.”
So they hugged for a few more precious moments, and they kissed and they both quickly turned around and left.
The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see that he wanted and really needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me by his asking, “Did you ever say good-bye to someone you really love knowing that it would be forever?”
“Yes, I have,” I replied. “But forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?”
“I am old, and my daughter lives so far away. Our life is in God’s hands and only He knows how much time I have left before He will call me home. I have challenges to meet and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,” he said.
“When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, “I pray you enough.” May I ask what that means?”
The Father began to smile. “That is a prayer that has been handed down from my family for many generations. My parents prayed it to me when I left them to come to the new world.” He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. “When we bless each other, “I pray you enough,” we are asking God that the other person’s life be filled with enough blessings to sustain them.”
Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory:
“I bless you in the name of the Lord.
- I pray you enough sunshine to keep your attitude bright and warm no matter how gray and cold the day may appear.
- I pray you enough rain to quench your thirst and appreciate the sunshine even more.
- I pray you enough joy to give you strength and keep your spirit alive no matter your circumstance.
- I pray you enough pain not to discourage you but to make you persevere and overcome.
- I pray you enough gain to satisfy your needs and have more to help those who have less.
- I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you already have.
- I pray you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.”
He then began to cry and slowly sobbed and walked away . . .
They say that, it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire lifetime to ever forget them.
Take time to live while you are still alive.
I Pray You Enough!
-compiled and adapted by, the Overcomer, from the Internet.
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Psalm 144:3-4 “O Lord, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.”
Psalm 90:12 “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (a heart for eternity).”
Psalm 145:8-9a “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all.”
Psalm 145:18-19b “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, and to all who call on Him in truth. He hears their cry and saves them.”
Psalm 16:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”
Be blessed! Be a blessing to others.