At the end of each of my novels, I like to thank the people who were involved in putting it all together. This almost always includes my editors (aka typo slayers), the members of my Facebook group (aka cheerleaders), and my family.
But sometimes I wonder exactly where I’d be if it weren’t for the prayers of one of my biggest fans, my grandma, who passed on peacefully to receive her eternal reward last summer.
Grandma grew up as a missionary kid in China. Her early days were filled with memories of war and terror when the Japanese bombed Shanghai. Later on in life, she went to smuggle Bibles back into China regularly … all the way into her seventies!
Grandma was one of my biggest encouragers when I was a little girl dreaming of writing novels. She’s the one who told me, “If you want to become a good writer, you need to read, read, read.”
But that encouragement wasn’t the biggest gift Grandma left for me. It was her prayers.
Grandma was the kind of person who believed that a single prayer could change the course of human events for all eternity. I know that so many of the blessings I enjoy today are a direct result of her prayers for me and my family.
Grandma was weak in body during the last few years of her life but still strong in spirit. When she’d pray for her scores of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she kept them all alphabetized in her mind so she wouldn’t miss anybody. I have the distinction amongst my cousins of being first on Grandma’s prayer list!
Several years ago when her health was failing, Grandma called and prayed a blessing on speaker phone for each of my kids. Last summer when she was preparing to go home to her Savior, I told my husband through tears I hated the thought of living in a world where Grandma wasn’t praying for me.
He reminded me that there’s nothing in the Bible that says our prayers for our loved ones stop when we get to heaven!
Grandma loved the Lord, and she loved her family, and her prayers for us all have carried us through dangers, sicknesses, and trials I’m sure I’ll never know about on this side of the veil.
Since she’d always wanted to be an author herself, she was thrilled when I began to publish my novels. I know she would have been a big fan of the Prevailing Prayer Podcast too if she’d tarried here long enough to listen in.
Speaking of the Prevailing Prayer Podcast, this week’s episode is about Praying through Scripture, a topic I’m sure Grandma could have taught us all about since she was the master at it! I hope you enjoy it.