Dear Jesus, thank you for today.
Please help my daddy to stop drinking.
I love you, Lord. Amen.
This was my bedtime prayer every night when I was a little girl. I bowed my head, closed my eyes, and poured out my heart to my Heavenly Father. I knew that He cared for this burden that was on my small shoulders. I knew that I could talk to Him about anything…even this.
It took years, lots of tears, and even more prayers before I saw my heart’s desire answered. I’ll never forget the way that I felt when he told me that he had stopped drinking. Was this for real? I watched as he struggled, changed, and grew in his new life of sobriety – and in our new relationship as father and daughter. Over the years we have had talks about steps, amends, and a new prayer:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.”
With tears in my eyes, I am sharing this wonderful news with you, my friends. My dad is celebrating a very special birthday this month – the 20th anniversary of when he stopped drinking. Twenty years! Has it really been that long?
Twenty years of answered prayer welcomes me with a hug every time I see him. I watch as twenty years of answered prayer plays basketball and ping-pong with his grandsons, and has become their best friend. Twenty years of answered prayer is always there when I need him. Twenty years of answered prayer has taken this journey one day at a time, and I couldn’t be more proud.
Even after all of these years, I am clinging to the hope that my Heavenly Father is still listening to me, and that He still cares for what is burdening my heart. In my darkest and loneliest times, when I am wondering if He is still there, I’m still the same little girl closing her eyes and clasping her hands together at the end of the day.
Over time, the prayer on my lips has changed to one of gratitude, and I am forever thankful.
Dear Jesus, thank you for all the blessings that you have given me.
Thank you so much for helping my daddy to stop drinking…
I love you, Lord. Amen.
What about you? What is the cry of your heart? You never know how life will turn out…or what answer to prayer you could be celebrating even 20 years from now. Take heart, have faith, and don’t give up – whatever it might be.
*Photo is courtesy of NZ Portraits by Joanne.
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