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Topic: SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER (dont write about the song) (04/30/15)
By Jenni Starkman
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According to my mother, I gave Gummy her moniker when I was a toddler. I couldnât pronounce âgrandmaâ--it came out as âgummy.â Of course, as a doting grandmother, she thought it was the cutest name, ever! She found it so adorable that she encouraged me to call her Gummy. Since I was her first grandchild, all subsequent grandchildren were reared to know her as such. And I canât say Iâve ever met another grandmother named Gummy.
When I was five years old, I went to spend a week with Gummy and thatâs when I caught her âtalking to herself.â It was an early summer morning but the bright sun shining in my eyes awakened me. A flock of birds were chirping and squawking. I peeked in Gummyâs bedroom but she wasnât in there. I crept down the stairs, slowly, so they wouldnât squeak. Gummy was sitting on her comfy chair by the sunny window; I could see the little squiggles on her face really good. Her Bible was open and she was hugging it against her chest. Her eyes were closed. She was talking but there wasnât anyone else in the room. Goose bumps popped up on my arms, back, and on top of my head. Maybe there was someone in the room and I just couldnât see him! So I tiptoeing over to her and whispered, âWho are you talking to, Gummy?â
Gummy jerked forward and her eyes flew open. Her Bible went flying off her lap. âChild, you took ten years off me! Donât sneak up on me like that!â she gasped. âI about had a heart attack.â
Iâd never seen Gummy look like that before. Maybe she saw the boogeyman! I wanted to run and hide under my bed. âIâm scared,â I cried.
Then she picked the Bible up and smiled. âItâs okay, honey, you donât have to be afraid. You just startled me. Come and sit on my lap.â She pulled me up and kissed me. âI was talking to God. Thatâs serious stuff, you know.â
I looked around the room. âI donât see God.â
âWell, you canât see Him, but Heâs here. And you can talk to Him, too.â
âReally?â I snuggled closer. I could hear thumping inside her.
âYou sure can--itâs called prayer,â she answered.
âDoes He talk back to you?â
âHe will, but not in the same way that you and I talk to each other. He usually talks to me through the Bible, and when I meditate on the Scriptures. After I pray, I have my meditation and listening time, thatâs when He speaks to my heart.â
âMeditation?â she asked.
âYeah, whatâs that?â
âThatâs when I just close my eyes and think about what I just read in the Bible, and I listen to see if God has something special to say to me. Thatâs what I was doing when you startled me. You see, when we talk to people, we also listen to what they say; we donât just do all the talking, do we?â
âNo, I listen and I talk.â I agreed. Maybe thatâs why Gummyâs making a funny thumping sound inside her--God is talking to her?
âItâs the same with God. We should always do that in our payer time. We should go to Him for everything, and trust Him to guide us. He will. (Prov.3: 5, 6) We just have to listen for His answers. Sometimes He doesnât answer right away though.â
That week, Gummy taught me how to spend time in prayer. Prayer is more than petitioning God, itâs also communing with Him. And, personally for me, the most valuable lesson of all: How to be still and patiently wait on God. He will always answer in His way, in His time.
Gummyâs life was full of trials but she never lost faith. Whenever I begin to lose my patience with Godâs timing, I remember Gummy sitting on her old chair, eyes closed and praying, then listening to God. (Ps. 46:10)
Iâm thankful I was blessed with such a wonderful âgummy.â
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