Since my trip to Nicaragua this year, I have found that my prayers for my friends over there….and my loved ones here….are the same. I pray you have enough. Over the last few years, I’ve seen an “enough” prayer that I thought was quite profound.
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright. I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more. I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive. I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger. I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I wish you enough. ~Bob Perks
Mine is much simpler.
You see, when I think about my friends in Ceibita, the memories tend to roll in layers. First, I think about the surface things – the sparse houses, the dirty children. Then, it’s the expression in their eyes. Often, I see a longing there that could only be put there by the intense poverty they live in. Then, somewhere along the path, it’s the realization that, quite possibly….probably, even….my friends won’t have enough today. Enough rain. Enough water. Enough food. Enough money. Enough cool breeze. Enough strength. Enough love. Enough hope. Even as I write it, I feel my heart wrenching and I wonder how long it will be before I can get back and what can I do for them. Then, as with the memories, in layers come the thought that maybe, just maybe, they are far richer than us, for often they have only their faith. And when your faith is placed in an unchanging, ever-loving God, what better thing to have?
So….what about you? Do you have enough? I think we, as Americans, never think we have enough. Not enough clothes. Not enough of the foods we like. Not enough money to do everything we want. What about the non tanglibles? Love, hope, faith. Do you have enough? Enough love to reach out to others? Enough hope in our amazing God? Enough faith that He’s placed you where you are for “such a time as this?” (whatever that time may be).
So, today, my prayer for my friends in Ceibita and for you is that you have enough. Enough of whatever it is you have need (not want!) of. And that God meets you in new and mighty ways with his never-ending love.
Be blessed and tell someone you love them!