Dear Reading Friends, “Falling to Pray” is a simple short story inspired by an elderly woman I knew as a child. When you think of dedicated praying people, who comes to your mind? Meet Viola, a child of God and prayer warrior. Death is all around us, but a closeness to Jesus Christ removes the dread of eternity. Such is God’s love!
Falling to Pray
by D.I. Telbat
When widow Viola tripped and fell between the sofa and the coffee table in her living room, she guessed she would die in that position. Wedged between two pieces of furniture, she struggled to rise, but at seventy-two, it was hopeless.
It had been a year since her stroke, which had paralyzed her left side. Her daughter and son had taken turns caring for her for six months, but she had quickly adjusted to her condition, shuffling on one foot, and dragging the other. She had no reason to leave the house, so eventually her children had decided she didn’t need fulltime attention any longer, but they still checked on her on weekends.
Except, now she’d fallen between the sofa and the coffee table. And it was Monday. No one would check on her until Saturday, unless someone tried to call and she didn’t answer.
“Well, Lord, this might be my resting place for now,” she mused and lifted her head to be eye-level with her Bible on the coffee table. “I was about to sit here and meet with You, but I suppose I can lie here and do the same.”
So, Viola prayed as she’d done every other morning for the last forty-three years she’d been a Christian. Though she couldn’t quite see her tattered prayer list next to her open Bible, she knew it by heart. Her son, daughter, and grandchildren were at the top, then the local church, the local government, and neighbors who still needed Christ. Next came the names of missionaries both near and far. She prayed they would bear fruit in their ministries for Jesus Christ.
Praying to her Best Friend prompted a peacefulness, followed by an overwhelming weariness as she finished her task. And then, with a contented smile on her face, Viola fell asleep.
Epilogue: After being rescued, Viola lived to be a ripe old age, and continued to pray every morning to her Lord. May we be so inspired.
You can read other short stories by D.I. Telbat here.
NOTE: D.I. Telbat’s newest Christian fiction, The Legend of Okeanos: A Tale of Restoration, Survival, and a Great White Shark, is now an eBook and available at most retailers!