This will come as quite a shock to those who know me well. I'm not exactly religious, and I don't exactly pray.
I mean, like most people, I pray when the airplane gets bouncy, or when I reallyreallyreallyreally want something and happen to have a little time because I can't sleep-- but it's not something I've integrated into my life. And, frankly, if I did have more time for spiritual reflection, I'd probably spend it on meditation.
But tonight I came home to a card in the mail that reads: "Dear Sarah, A Candle was Lit for You and Your Intentions; The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, Mission Nombre de Dios, St. Augustine, Florida, With Love, AG, Dana, & Melvin."
(AG is my Aunt Gene, Dana is her sister, and Melvin is Dana's husband.)
With the card was a medallion and a pamphlet about The Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, which is apparently a place where women come to pray for their children, if they have them, or to pray to have children, if they don't.
I found it incredibly touching, beyond description really, that AG, Dana, and Melvin -- who were visiting St. Augustine on a golf trip -- thought to light a candle and say a prayer for me. Kinda chokes me up, to tell you the truth.
I know Chris has prayed for me before, and there may well be other readers out there who have, too.
And, as strange as this may seem coming from someone who isn't religious, I really appreciate it.
The pamphlet included some suggested devotional prayers, and I found this one to be particularly moving: "Lovely Lady of La Leche, most loving mother of the Child Jesus, and my Mother, listen to my humble prayer. Your motherly heart knows my every wish, my every need. To you only, His spotless Virgin Mother, has your Divine Son given to understand the sentiments which fill my soul. Yours was the sacred privilege of being the Mother of the Savior. Intercede with Him now, my loving mother, that, in accordance with His will, I may become the mother of other children of our heavenly Father. This I ask, Lady of La Leche, in the Name of your Divine Son, My Lord and Redeemer. Amen."
(I swear, this is not my circuitous way of asking anyone to pray for me. I just think it's a particularly lovely prayer. Totally made me cry.)
Also, my first Give-Away is wrapping up soon! I'll draw a name on Thanksgiving night and one lucky lady or gent will win personalized signed copies of WP's and my two books, as well as a Lie to Me cap and a Vampire Diaries water bottle! All you have have to do to enter is make a donation of any amount (1$ will work. So will $5. So will $50. Or, hey, why not $500!) to Water.org and leave a comment here saying you did. You can also let me know on Twitter (@sarahmfain).