This past Sunday my day started with a run. I don’t know if you’ve ever gone for a run or not, but you kind of get in this “zone.” It was just me, the sun, the pavement … my gasping breath (but that’s embarrassing to talk about) and my thoughts. I didn’t want to miss this quiet opportunity to chat with God, so I let Him know I was listening to whatever He wanted to tell me.
I began praying about what I should write this week and the simplest thing came to me. I felt like God was telling me to let you know that I’m praying for you. I honestly thought the idea was kind of lame (sorry, God). It seemed too basic. But we all need to hear it once in awhile, don’t we?
Who Are You?
It doesn’t matter if you’re reading this the day I post it, or two years from now.
I don’t even know you personally or what you need prayers for. That’s okay though because prayer is cool like that. God knows you very well – He knows everything. So when I pray for you, God takes that prayer and gives you grace wherever you need it.
No! … vena
Do you know what a novena is? That’s how I’m praying for you right now. It’s a traditional prayer of the Church where you pray for nine days in a row. There are a lot of different kinds of novenas. You can pray certain prayers to a saint nine days before their feast day, or nine rosaries, nine chaplets, etc.
I’m doing a novena of Masses. I’m going to Mass nine days in a row and offering it up for you!
Novena Number One
The first novena ever was when the Apostles and the Blessed Mother prayed together for nine days between when Jesus ascended into heaven and when the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost. It’s a powerful prayer.
I love praying a novena because as an old Tradition of the Church, it reminds me what a huge “story” we’re a part of.
You know what? You don’t even know my middle name (or all three of my middle names), and I don’t know your first name – but it doesn’t matter. We’re all brothers and sisters in this community of the Church, so none of us ever has to feel alone.
As your sister, I got your back … in the prayer realm.