Tuesday, January 25, 2011

prayers for nanno

my sweet grandfather, known in my family affectionately as "nanno," is going to the doctor twice tomorrow (wednesday, jan. 26) for some tests--once to the heart doctor and once to the gastroenterologist {digestive health}. the heart visit is just a check-up, but the other is not routine, and recent lower body pain has caused the appointment.

a little background on nanno:

  • his name is sam.
  • he turned 90 in october 2010. 
  • he completes an entire newspaper crossword puzzle every single day.
  • he is a banagrams champ.
  • since he lost my grandma in 2003, he still talks to her in the mornings and evenings, at the foot of his bed in prayer, in the darkness of their bedroom. he's kept her sewing basket, hand lotion, and hairbrush beside her chair. they would have been married 65 years this year.
  • he wears the most dapper berets and cardigans i've ever seen. robert wanted a sweater like him so bad, and dropped so many hints last year, that he was gifted with five cardigans in december. we called it a "cardigan christmas."
  • he never asks for anything or complains, so any pain he mentions is serious.
  • he is precious beyond words.

every tuesday, thursday and saturday, my family eats supper with nanno. before we eat, we hold hands around the table and thank the Lord for our blessings. 

so friends, i have an idea. a way to join hands, collectively across the blogosphere and pray, send up happy thoughts and well wishes, and just be united, at the same time. to help nanno get through his trial. if you pray, please do this with me. if not, is simply think of nanno, a stranger though he is to you, and send some positive vibes and happy thoughts his way.

if you'll join me, i'd like to pray specifically for his 10:00 a.m. appointment with the gastroenterologist. the blogging world is diverse and scattered, so for this to work, we have to think about several time zones. i think it would be so beautiful to bathe him in prayer at exactly the same time. complete strangers lifting him up at the exact moment he walks through those doctor doors. 

here's a little timetable. nanno's appointment is wednesday, at 10:00 a.m. EST. i am posting this on the this on tuesday evening because some of the times convert to quite early in the morning. i could not find a simple-to-use 24 time zone converter, but if your time zone is not on this chart, please go here for a world clock.

here are the times that correlate with 10 a.m. EST on wednesday:
 
prayer time zone chart


whether you're lying on your back in the warmth of your bed, sitting in a conference room, or taking your children to school, when it's your time, if you are willing, i'd so appreciate the prayers.

thank you. from the bottom of my heart, and the hearts of my family, thank you.

34 comments:

sarah nicole said...

This is such a beautiful idea. I will most certainly be sending all my love and well wishes to your nanno tomorrow. Grandpas truly are one of life's greatest gifts.

<3

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Consider it done. My Irish maternal grandmother, always called Nana, was the same to me, I understand completely.

Diana Smith said...

what a sweet picture! I hope your grandfather does well!

Perfect Peace said...

I will definitely be praying. This is such a sweet idea. He seems like an amazing man and a wonderful nanno :) I'll be praying for God's hand in the situation and for healing! :)

mskanorado said...

Absolutely, without a doubt I will be praying for him at 9:00am! This is a beautiful, moving idea that you have thought of, and I will be in prayer with you and anyone else that will be joining! :)

Brooke said...

oh my goodness I will definitely be praying for him!!

Amanda said...

Prayers for nanno tomorrow at 9 am central! He is an adorable grandfather! :)

mskanorado said...

In response to your comment On my blog: Hmm, I have had trouble before with other buttons/badges before too. Maybe its blogger? What I have had to do is right click on the photo that the button is on the persons blog (mine in this case) and then in the design part add a photo widget when you put 'upload photo' then go to from URL then paste what you copied, then link the photo. But, it's not worth all that stress. Seriously, though.

mskanorado said...

Blog success! Lol you are too funny!

Claire Kiefer said...

This is such a sweet request, and I'm totally on it. My grandma is 90 too and I worry about her all the time.

Ashley said...

I'll be praying for your sweet Nanno. He sounds wonderful.

A Serenade for Solitude said...

Why yes! I will be praying for your Nanno at 7am. His love for your grandma is so special, and it really moves.

Hugs, cbm

love and life ♥ said...

This is such a touching post, it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing this story (and beautiful photo of you & your nanno)! Glad you posted the time zones as well. I will be saying a very special prayer for you & your nanno at 8am! I know the feeling...my Oma (Grandma) was just checked for a problem with digestion. It's more so with the Esophagus and food not staying down. She is scheduled for surgery at the end of February & I am so sad and scared for her. Anyways, tons of prayers are coming your way across the blogosphere my friend! lots of love xoxo

Thisisme. said...

It's so sweet that Nanno still talks to your grandma every day. He is obviously such an important part of your family, and of course my prayers will be with him, and for all to be well. Take care my friend.

Seams Inspired said...

I'll be praying for Nanno! :o)

becca said...

i loved this what a beautiful post and your grandpa sounds like a wonderful man

Brittany H. said...

He is so sweet. I love the fact that he wears berets and cardigans and is a bananagrams champ. Listen, I'm a nurse, GI pain can be caused by many different things that can easily be fixed. I know it's hard not to worry, but he seems like a healthy 90 year old man (and looks very healthy too!). I'm sure he's going to be fine.

Keep us updated!

X

the southern hostess said...

There's nothing better than a wonderful grandpa. I'm praying for him today.

Peaches said...

I am praying for Nanno! He sounds like a grandpa everyone would love.

Blondie's Journal said...

Many prayers coming your way at 9:00!

XO,
Jane

bethani said...
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bethani said...

aww your grandpa is the cutest! i will be sending my prayers at 9:00. keep us posted on his status.

love ya girl! ♥

Ana* said...

He sounds precious beyond words, how lovely its that he talks to your grandmother, that gave me watery eyes. Sorry I missed the time of the prayer, I hope his appointment went well. I will keep him and your family in my prayers.

Shalyn said...

That is such a touching picture!

My eyes are wet after reading about him praying and talking to your sweet grandma. That is so tender- aren't we so lucky we get to see out family again after death?

I think I missed the time of prayer, I am so sorry. But I will make sure you include him and your family in my prayers throughout the day. I really believe in the power of prayer!

I hope you have lots of comfort during this time, sweet friend!

emily said...

it's now 12:52 but i'll pray for good results! he looks (and sounds) like he's doing great for 90. :) what an awesome grandpa.
x

Emily said...

Im sorry I missed this post before this morning but I know God will still heal him now :) Praying for your grandpa and your family!! Remember He is in control always.

Meri said...

I'm a bit late but I'm sending my vibes from Minnesota. This is a really sweet post and I hope for the best for him and you.
I'm looking forward to reading more on your blog too :)
Meri
merigoesround.blogspot.com

Daydream Living said...

Oh honey, I just now see your post (have been sick in bed all day), but I will definitaly pray for nanno! Does he read your blog? He must be so proud of you! And talking to your grandma, well, I believe that dead doesn't end a relationship...
All the best,
Maureen x

Mimi said...

this is a beautiful and heartfelt post! and though your nanno's appointment is done by now, i am saying a silent prayer for him anyway. i really hope everything is well.

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I'm wishing him the best!!!

Lynn said...

i missed this timeline but will most definitely be sending prayers. i hope today went well for him, he looks so great! but i know how pain can be hidden under his handsome, composed exterior. blessings and love. ♥

Grace said...

i just barely saw your post and missed the times but nanno will still be in my thoughts and prayers. i hope everything turned out alright.

Cara-Mia said...

I wish I hadn't seen this post so late (no internet access at home), but he is in my prayers anyway. <3

Paula (Eggshell Blue) said...

I too got to this post late..hope all went well. Your grandfather sounds like someone with such integrity and he has a twinkle in his eye that few people have x

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