One of the things that I enjoy about Goldenskate more than any other forum are the people here and their support of one another. It seems no sooner does a thread go up requesting support from all of us, whether it be prayers for the ill, or best wishes on exciting events, than somoene is at the ready to offer words of support and encouragement. In my email today, I received the following story, and the first people I wanted to share it with were all of you. Enjoy!
Prayer for Others
A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island.
The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agree that they had no other recourse but to pray to God.
To find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.
The first thing they prayed for was food.
The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man's parcel of land remained barren.
After a week, the first man was lonely and he decided to pray for a wife. The next day, there was a woman who swam to his side of the land. On the other side of the island,there was nothing.
Soon the first man prayed for a house, clothes, more food. The next day, like magic, all of these were given to him.
The second man still had nothing.
Finally, the first man prayed for a ship, so that he and his wife could leave the island.
In the morning, he found a ship docked at his side of the island. The first man boarded the ship with his wife and decided to leave the second man on the island.
He considered the other man unworthy to receive God's blessings, since none of his prayers had been answered.
As the ship was about to leave, the first man heard a voice from heaven booming, "Why are you leaving your companion on the island?"
"My blessings are mine alone, since I was the one who prayed for them," the first man answered. "His prayers were all unanswered and so he does not deserve anything."
"You are mistaken!" the voice rebuked him.
"He had only one prayer, which I answered. If not for that, you would not have received any of my blessings."
"Tell me," the first man asked the voice, "what did he pray for that I should owe him anything?"
"He prayed that all your prayers be answered."
For all we know, our blessings are not the fruits of our prayers alone, but those of another praying for us.
"What you do for others is more important than what you do for yourself".
My prayer for you today is that all YOUR prayers are answered.
May your prayers for others be that all THEIR prayers be answered.