The Prayers of Two Papas

Happy Thanksgiving! As I write this, my family is preparing for the circuit of Thanksgiving festivities to begin. First, we travel to the home of my wife’s maternal grandmother (aka “Nurny”) to eat some of the south’s finest food. After eating and fellowshipping with this side of the family, we leave Nurny’s to attend my wife’s paternal grandparents’ feast. Both visits are filled with faith, family, fun, and of course food. To say we are blessed is a tremendous understatement. Our heavenly Father has been good to us (and you too!).

I realize my sentimentality concerning small things has grown as I have grown older.  These little things often make an indelible impression on our lives. My life has been impacted tremendously by the blessings sent up by both of my Papas at Thanksgiving feasts (and other holiday meals too).

First, Papa Bryan (my wife’s maternal grandfather) always thanks God for his family being able to gather together and the provision of food that God has graced us with. I am still struck by how much this humble man loves his family. Often, I imagine life when our roles have switched, and I am the patriarch of the family. Will my family be able to feel the love of God and family in my blessing of the meal? I certainly hope so!

Secondly, Papa Burke (Amber’s paternal grandfather) often blesses the meal. Although the love of family is present in his prayers too, the humility in the conclusion of the prayer to God is what impresses me. He concludes with the words, “…in blessed Jesus’ blessed holy name and for His sake, Amen.” To be honest, the first time I heard this prayer ending, I snickered to myself, because I found it verbose. However, I understand now it is merely an aging man desiring to give Christ the honor deserved. Although I may not add this conclusion to my prayers, will (or does) my family appreciate my reverence for Christ? I hope.

Well, I am confident my wife is ready for me so I will end this post here. These two men have influenced my life with there humble prayer more than they will ever know. Two ordinary men, giving thanks to the Lord of heaven for His blessings. What little things are you thankful today? Please comment below.

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