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By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries


A man at the airport overhead a conversation between a mother and daughter, who were facing a final departure, because the mother had failing health. Each wept as they said, “I pray you enough.”

Later, the man asked the mother, “I heard you say, ‘I pray you enough.’ May I ask what that means?”

She began to smile. “That’s a prayer that has been handed down from other generations in our family. My parents used to say it to everyone.” When we said, “I pray you enough,” we wanted the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to daily sustain them.

It means... I pray you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.  I pray you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more. I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting. I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger. I pray you enough gain to satisfy your wanting. I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess. I pray you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

Then, she began to cry, and walked away.

They say, it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them.” (From Marcella Owens forwarded by Gary Frazier).

Christian friend, I also pray you enough! “I can do all (enough) things through Christ which strengthens (enables) me” (Philippians 4:13).

Dear friend, I pray you just enough to take care of your needs for this day. I have learned that whatever your needs may be, Jesus Christ is sufficient, and just “enough.”

These are Words of Wisdom.

Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry to the deaf based in Trenton. E-mail him at to be added to the email list for weekly articles or phone (706) 657-8000.

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