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The Priceless Gift of Prayer

One woman's meaningful birthday gift makes a lasting impression.

By Annette Milford, Tucker, Georgia

As appeared in

When I received a note from Virginia, my Sunday-school teacher, telling me she was sending a birthday gift, my first thought was, Oh, dear, she shouldn’t spend money on me! Then I read on.

“In thinking about this gift. I asked God what I could give you that is a part of me, something with meaning and value. It came to me that my gift to you should be a promise of prayer.

So every Wednesday for the next 52 weeks I will lift you up to our Heavenly Father. And if, at any time throughout the year, you have special needs or desires, I’d like you to tell me so I can pray for you. Enclosed is a scarlet thread. Attach it to your calendar as a reminder of my ‘prayer promise’.”

Today I look at the piece of scarlet thread on my wall calendar and I think about Virginia’s wonderful, year-long gift, and of all the prayers that went into it for my job, my friends, my family, my own well-being.

It’s a gift that has been meaningful and valuable, especially because I, in turn, have started to give the promise of prayer to others.