This advent I had the pleasure of praying for the sweet and thoughtful writer of a blog I’ve read for a while now and have often cited here on my own blog, which made this season feel that much more personal. When I received the email I admit I was a bit nervous, knowing what a spiritual dry spell she had been going through lately – but I took that as a challenge to pray harder! And then when I read on her blog that she was going on a blog fast, although I was a little sad I’d have less to read, I knew things would be getting better for her soon. Blog fasts do that.
Crazy enough, two days later she heard about her first potential adoption situation for a baby to be born in February and I got to add 3 more people to my prayer list! I’m glad she popped back in a few times to let us know how it was going with meeting the birth parents and other things related to life, although I know how refreshing a blog fast can be too. I particularly liked her spiritual adviser’s advice to shift the focus from suffering to thankfulness for a new perspective and I’ve been trying to apply that to my life.
I got to pray for….A Complicated Life!
I prayed for her daily the St. Andrew’s novena with the intention of “peace in her life and a baby”. I also prayed the novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe (after recently visiting the Basilica!) and whenever I attended Mass this advent season for her. I also prayed for her birth parents – they now have names! D and E – after the St. Andrew’s novena each day that they would make the best decision for this new little baby. You have no idea how excited I was to add them to my prayers!
I hope you felt these gifts of prayer and I’m happy to continue praying for your family!