Sunday, September 21, 2008


I was saying a prayer. It was my morning prayer. I try to say one each morning before leaving my bedroom. It's nice, it sets the tone for the day (hopefully). It reminds me that I'm not in charge. I say an evening prayer also. It's one of gratitude, but that's another post. Today, I was feeling a bit "Eeyore'ish" remember Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh, right? That sad, little donkey who loses his tail a lot and is kind of a "woe is me" little thing? Well, I was kneeling there, being a bit of an Eeyore, thinking, "Well, here I am again...I'm going to Church but I don't have much to offer, but I'm goin' anyway, and la la la and boo hoo hoo hoo..." sounding pretty whiny...and my phone, which was right in front of me on the bed (I was kneeling at my bed) went "beep beep", which means "Hey! You have a text message!" I just stopped. Now, Jesus and I are pretty close, but a text message? Isn't that the stuff of TV evangelicals? I smiled and added to my prayer, "Um, it's just not that easy, right?" So, I closed my prayer and sat up. Put my glasses on, wiped my eyes and cheeks and reminded myself for the 8,487th time, "Prayer first, THEN make-up" and looked to see what the text message was. It was from my niece, Sadie, who I text back and forth as she suffered through Hurricane Ike because she and her baby daughter didn't evacuate from their home in a suburb of Houston. I posted about this recently. They had to write their social security numbers on their forearms. Scary. Anyway, the text message was this:

"We finally got our power on. thank you so much for being there for me. Sadie"

I'm not repeating that for props or high fives. I copying it here as a testimony that prayer is answered in many ways...and usually through the people around us. After I read her sweet message, I went from Eeyore to Tigger in one second flat. me out...gotta bounce!


hi, i'm nancy! said...

this is a very touching story. thanks for writing it.

Eliot Bowman said...

That's awesome, mom...good for you.

...and Sadie.

Em Dog said...

You are so wonderful. . . I enjoy our friendship so much, I don't know what I would do without you an hour away! Please don't ever feel like you don't have anything to offer!!!!! You are so loved! And, needed needed needed needed needed!!!!!!!! My children worship the ground you walk on! And so beautiful. And, you are a wonderful aunt to Sadie. .

The Katzbox said...

Oh! Thanks and thanks and thanks!!! Yes, it was a grand start to the day. Not everyone gets a perfectly timed text message following a heartfelt prayer...I just love God...Impeccable timing...Perfect, you might say!