Saturday, November 16, 2013

Prayer for a Husband

You probably read the title and thought, "Now, Becky, you have a husband!" Yes, I do. A wonderful husband who provides, protects, loves, and cherishes his family. I am truly blessed. So I'm not talking about a prayer for MY husband. I'm talking about a prayer for my daughters future husband. I realize that she's only 1, but that prayer will continue for all of her life, that God blesses her like He has blessed me. As I was reading "Gentle Passages" I realized the importance of that prayer, but as I read Ruth Bell Grahams poem about her prayer for her future husband (which she wrote at the age of 19) titled "Dear God" I realized how important it was to pray this prayer not only for my daughter, but with her.

It's beautifully written...

Dear God, I prayed, all unafraid
(as we're inclined to do)
I do not need a handsome man
But let him be like You;
I do not need one big and strong
nor yet so very tall,
Nor need he be some genius
Or wealthy, Lord, at all;
But let his head be high, dear God,
And let his eye be clear,
His shoulders straight, whate'er his state,
Whate'er his earthly sphere;
And let his face have character,
A ruggedness of soul,
And let his whole life show, dear God,
A singleness of goal;
Then when he comes (as he will come)
with quiet eyes aglow,
I'll understand that he's the man
I prayed for long ago.

By the way, Ruth married Billy Graham on August 13, 1943. Beautiful story, isn't it?

1 comment:

  1. Loved it, especially when Ann Graham Lots read it at her dad's funeral. Holly