Here in the United States we are blessed with an abundance of food and the many markets and stores where we can buy our groceries. In Gruver, the middle of nowhere, we still have a grocery store, and I hope we never take it for granted. We almost lost our grocery store because the family that owned and operated it was retiring. Losing the grocery store was a source of concern for the entire community. A couple of families rose to the occasion. They bought the old store did an extensive remodel, and now Gruver has a small but quaint grocery store, and I love the name… Neighbors.
Neighbors provides a service to our community. It is not only a place to buy grocery items, but it also employs many of our youth.
Anyway… I was in the Neighbors the other day picking up some groceries for supper. The kids were stocking the aisles. (They have been working extra hard during this pandemic). I walked by one young lady, and she turned and looked at me and said, “We have been praying the rosary every morning. Every morning mom says, Come on let’s pray the rosary.” I thanked her for telling me, and I told her that I was proud of them, and it did my heart good.
This year during Lent, one of the things I have been trying to do is pray the rosary every day. Since the pandemic began, and I have been working from home, I try to go on a walk around town and pray the rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet.
The rosary is a powerful prayer. The prayer has been invoked for centuries. The rosary has been prayed in many dire circumstances before battles, after attacks, and during times of sickness and death.
This mother that calls her children every morning to pray the rosary is calling them to battle, and prayer is the battle ground. When we take up prayer, when we pick up our rosary, we are picking up our armor, our sword for battle.
Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground. So stand fast with your loins girded in truth, clothed with righteousness as a breastplate, and your feet shod in readiness for the gospel of peace. In all circumstances, hold faith as a shield, to quench all [the] flaming arrows of the evil one. And take up the helmet of salvation and the sword of Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:13-18)
I had a Facebook friend comment the other day to a picture of Leigh Anne holding up some rosaries she had made. She said,
Is it weird that I’m not Catholic, but find peace in holding a rosary? I love holding and smelling (I know….extra weird) my Bible too. But the rosary just feels different.
You don’t have to be Catholic to appreciate the rosary. If you feel uncomfortable praying Catholic prayers like the Hail Mary feel free to substitute a prayer you are comfortable with. The Lord hears our prayers.
As I was walking down the streets of Gruver, I was thinking about this young lady that told me she had been praying the rosary every morning. It struck me how blessed I was that she would share this with me. I thought to myself what a moment! It was a moment of pure Grace.
The young woman’s name… Gracee.