Friday, June 12, 2009


-Author (I do not know), but I felt this on my heart today for many of us today. 

Recently, I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. Standing near the security gate, they hugged, and the mother said, 'I love you, and I pray you enough.'
The daughter replied, 'Mom, our life together has been more than enough.  Your love is all I ever needed. I pray you enough, too, Mom.' 
They kissed, and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there, I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy, but she welcomed me in by asking, 'Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?' 

Yes, I have,' I replied. 'Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?' 
'Well...I'm not as young as I once was, she lives so far away & has her own busy life. I have some challenges ahead, and the reality is - her next trip back will be for my funeral,' she said. 
'When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, 'I pray you enough.' May I ask what that means?' 
She began to smile. 'That's a prayer that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.' She paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and she smiled even more. 'When we said, 'I pray you enough,' we wanted the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.' 

Then, turning toward me, she shared the following as if she were reciting it from memory. 

I pray you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear. 
I pray you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more. 
I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting. 

I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger. 
I pray you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. 
I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. 
I pray you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye. 
Then, she began to cry, and walked away. 
They say, it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them. 
To all my friends and loved ones,

9 Personal Thoughts:

Chris, Miranda & Prestley said...

I'm either pregnant or about to start because this made me cry!

Debi said...

I needed to read this today more than you could ever know. Thank you!

I pray you enough also.

Love Mom said...

Ok, so, I sit here at work totally busted that I am reading blogs because the tears are ROLLING down my cheeks right now. Beautiful.

kay said...

I pray you enough... simple words but loaded with love!

Thank you for sharing this.


awe I pray enough for you as well friend . That made me cry .... It is very rare that that kind of connection is made these days . I think sometimes there is not eoungh praying in family's and that was beautiful . I sist here and wonder and pray for the sweet mommy that was weary about her up coming adventures , I pray hope for her that what ever she faces she prays and get's through the unthinkable. we in my family between all family memebers involved we have faced, house/ job loss, cancer more then once in both of my parents, a issue with migrains that indeed is leding to futher studies for my sister. baby loss . the rest is unknown . we pray daily and praying is what keeps us scane . we read and listen to the word and carry faith . that litle word faith can mean so much and is a powerful word it can change everything it's like a baby blanket you should never let go . thanks for this post I really need to hear this . going through some issues this week .

Blessings from the Reeds said...

What a beautiful post! So much meaning in those little words. I pray you enough too:)

julie tallman said...

I loved today's post. I came to your site through Isaac's site. While I don't know Stacey or you, I want you to know that you are gifted at encouraging others. I am not a blogger yet (I am a busy mom to 4 boys ages 12-5) but hope to be one someday. Just know that a Christian mom in Billings, MT is uplifted by your words of encouragement, faith in Jesus and craziness of motherhood!
Thank You,
Julie Tallman

PS I'm not sure if you saw this, but on is the story of April Rose and the gal who made up the story.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this, touching. I just want to let you know that I am blessed from reading your blog. :-)
I pray you enough.

Mom to the 3rd Power said...

Ok, that really struck a nerve with me, especially right now. That encounter would be one I would never forget.
I need to go wipe my face and blow my nose now...

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