Editor’s note: Welcome to the last week of our online book club! We’re reading Jane Knuth’s The Prayer List…and Other True Stories of How Families Pray. This week we focus on chapters 28, 29, and the epilogue. Learn more about the book club here.
“Two Toms” and “Praying with a Mother’s Heart” are two chapters that broke my heart. They are stories of prayer, faith, doubt, great love, and great loss. Love and loss are two journeys that we all take in our lives. If we love in a great, big, no-holding-back way, then the loss will be equally as great. Either we will die or the person we love will die—it is inevitable. But as Tom says, “It only means that life is meant to be enjoyed, now, today.”
In my life, the faith that “this is not our home” helps me love in a bigger way. If I thought that this life is all that will ever be, then I would be afraid to love many people, especially the sick, vulnerable, or aged. But because I know that I will see everyone again, for eternity, I can dare to keep loving new people.
“This is not our home” is a promise of eternal life and eternal love. Tom and Gretchen both showed me a glimpse of that promise in their stories of loss and new love.
The Prayer List Discussion Questions
- Have you experienced a great love? Where is it leading you?
- When have you felt an awareness of peace in prayer?
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