Today marks five days before Christmas and what a great way to put things in perspective for the season than to focus on our blessings. Each day from today through Christmas Day, I will post a Christmas blessing post. I hope these posts will be a blessing and encourage you to focus on the blessings in your life.

Today’s blessing story is about a very personal experience from years ago. I was 18 years old and found out in a strange turn of events, that the father I thought I had was not my father. My biological father was someone else who tragically passed away 2 years before I discovered his existence.

The blessing was in finding out about my paternal grandmother who was in a coma when I find out about my father and subsequently, her. The next day I was on a bus headed to Houston, TX to see her. I had this intense desire to see her before she passed.

Upon arriving at the hospital, I was escorted to her room and told she just appeared to be sleeping. As I gazed upon this woman just soaking her in, her eyes flew open and she said, “Hello Paula”. Of course, the nurses went into action exclaiming that she had been comatose for over 2 weeks!

The true miracle of this story is that not only did she awaken from the coma, but she also lived another 6 years! In those precious years, I was able to learn about this side of my family. She told me she had been praying for me for the past 18 years. Her version of the story is that when I arrived at the hospital, she was moving toward a light. She was told, “Ruth Annie, you must go back for Paula.”

What could have been an event that could have resulted in a confused and emotionally altered teenager, actually caused a miraculous event in which lives were changed for the good. This precious woman gave me the best gift of all and that was being covered in prayer all of those years.

Prayer is powerful and is not held to earthly, law of Physics standards. Prayer knows no boundaries, time limits, or distance. The power of prayer can and does affect those who are far and those who are near. Your prayers are never, ever wasted. And remember, when you don’t believe your prayers are being effective, there are things you cannot know that are happening and making a difference.