I pray you enough.

September 17, 2011

My dad sent me this yesterday and I think its the sweetest story of love and courage. Enjoy.

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 be 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 and has her own busy life. I have some challenged 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 the 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 for 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 everylasting. I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest 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.

Happy Weekending, I pray you enough.


  1. in.cre.dible.
    Thanks for Sharing.

  2. kristen, i LOVE this. thank you for posting it :) it now has a little spot on my desktop!! <3 miss you!

  3. this is amazing. i'm definitely tearing up right now :) so touching. love & miss you xo


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