A Simple Prayer Learned from Grandmother Rose

I had the privilege of growing up in a town in eastern North Carolina sort of like Mayberry of Andy Griffith renown. My family lived in a big house on Main Street owned by my maternal grandmother. In fact, we not only lived in that house, we lived with her. Obviously, she had a huge impact on all of her grandchildren as the matriarch of our family.

I learned much from Grandma Rosie. One thing for sure is that she taught and modeled for us the importance of believing prayer. In fact, I learned the following prayer by washing my hands regularly in her downstairs bathroom.She cut it out from a devotional booklet and taped it on her mirror over her sink to remind her of what was most important in her life and what she needed to pray for all the people that she loved.

I came across this prayer this morning in my own devotional reading and it swept my memory right back to 512 Main Street in Bladenboro, NC and to a wonderful woman who cared enough for her children and grandchildren to bring them regularly before the throne room of grace.

“Thanks be to thee, Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which thou hast won for us,
For all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for us.
O most merciful redeemer, friend, and brother,
may we know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly,
day by day. Amen.

Richard of Chichester (1198-1253)


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