A prayer for my Nana ….
I thank you so much for my Nana.
I thank you for the blessing that she has always been in my life.
I thank you for the ways in which you show Your love to us through the people you place in our lives. You sure have shown me a whole lot of love through my Nana.
Thank you for the family of Godly women from which I come. Thank you that, generations ago, my family tree was rooted and established in Your love and in Your Word. I thank you that I was born to be a branch on such a tree. And I pray that you will work in me and through me to allow me to bear fruit as that born of my Nana, her sisters Ruth, Naomi, Willie, and Belsia and their mother, Lydia.
Thank you for my lineage, the women in my family tree – women who love you and women who praise you. Women who still make mistakes, women who do not claim perfection, but women who know how to laugh and know how to love. Thank you for these women who have shown me what it means to love with the heart of Christ.
God, You know my Nana’s needs better than she or I. You know she has had a heart for you most of her (nearly) 83 years. You know the time and the place when you will call her home and you know that she is ready, but we are not. You know her excitement as she read from John 14:1-4 this past Sunday morning:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Jesus told his disciples “I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
And I know that as my Nana read these words Jesus spoke directly to her heart and said: “Mary Jane, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
I know that Nana is excited and eager to meet her Jesus, but it is not time for her just yet. During this time of weakness and sickness in my Nana’s body, Lord, I ask that you please envelop my Nana in your peaceful, comforting arms.
Lord, please surround her with your peace.
Lord, when Nana is short of breath and has trouble drawing enough air please help her to remember that it is Your breath in her lungs.
Please help her to lean in to you, to rest in you, to focus on you and the life giving breath that you provide.
Lord, please calm her fears, please soothe her nerves, please be with her in her boat as it is rocked amid the waves. Jesus, please command the storm in Nana’s heart and mind to silence and be still as you did for your disciples in Mark 35:39:
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”
God, I thank you for Your Word.
I thank you for Your promises.
I thank you that in You we will find ALL that we need.
I thank you for Your love, I thank you for my Nana.
In Jesus name I pray.