Just some thoughts:
Her prayer book was a blue notepad. The kind one could purchase at say a Walmart, Ben Franklin type store. Remember the Woolworth’s, Ben Franklin type stores? In Sullivan, Indiana it was called The Index.
She writes “them down.” Them are her prayers. But she also writes them in pencil. Says that way they are a lot easier to change (erase) and one doesn’t want to go markin’ thru what they once said they wanted to tell/ ask God about. She had been a good student in school but circumstance had caused her to cut short her learning earlier than most. She started workin’ at about age fourteen cleaning houses.
Each night she would take time to think about certain folks and then write their names down in her book. But there was certain folks she might be a bit hesitant to write down their names. You know if you writes certain names then their names are gonna keep comin’ back to you and you just can’t get them from your mind.
She even said she had a name or two that she often wondered how or why she ever put them in her book.
“Bertina Bessemer of all people. Everybody know Bertina and me don’t take to each other ever since she call me a nigga fool for marrying Clyde umpteen years ago.”
Her good friend Minny says if you want someone to pray for you you certainly would want to be on her list. Minny says her friend got some kind of power prayer and she gets better results than most other folks she knows.
Kind made me think, I think I have known some folks who I wish or hoped my name might be on their prayers list. I’ve had the feeling a time or two that some folks have a little more special hook-up regarding their prayers than some others. You ever had that feeling?
Aibleen’s good friend Minny says:
“We all are on a party line to God, but you (Aibleen) you setting right in his ear.”
You know there are some folks whose list I would just as soon my name might not appear upon.
Aibleen’s is one I might hope that it would appear.
May 10, 2018
Posted December 25, 2018