A Wish of My Own

My uncle and aunt’s home is a very old stone house in the countryside of Ontario. In the doorway between the kitchen and sun porch is a stone threshhold that has a deep impression worn into it, evidence of thousands of footsteps passing through over the course of more than one hundred years.

My daughter’s wish reminded me of one of my own: I always wished that our prayer kneeler would be worn and indented as evidence of thousands of prayers lifted to heaven over the course of a family’s lifetime.

When we purchased this prayer kneeler a half-dozen years or so ago, I remember silently making this wish, the image of the old stone threshhold dancing at the forefront of my mind.

Some wishes, like my daughter’s, are so easily fulfilled that we regret that they were not spoken sooner.

Some wishes are only fulfilled on one’s knees at the cross of Christ, by the miraculous power of our Lord Almighty, in answer to our prayerful cries.

Some wishes, like mine, are not fulfilled in our prayers; rather, they are fulfilled through our prayers, through the act of praying.

A worn kneeler was not really the point of my wish. It was merely a physical representation of what I hoped would occur in me as I bended my knees upon it in prayer:

  • a will that bowed in submission to my Lord
  • a heart that delighted to spend time with my Father
  • a love that grew stronger with each spoken word
  • an ear that became attuned to even the faintest whispers of the Spirit
  • a voice that uttered words of praise, adoration, thanksgiving, and supplication
  • a mind that became steadfast to my Master’s precepts
  • a spirit that became restful as anxiety was exchanged for peace
  • a life that glorified my God

Yes, it will take a lifetime of prayers to fulfill my wish, both physically and spiritually. One day at a time. Until the Lord takes me home.

Do you have an “I always wished that…”? What will it take to fulfill your wish?

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. desertgirl says

    Hey, Shelli!
    It's been a few months since our Bible Study ended, but I wanted to check in with you and let you know that I've been thinking of you. \

    I love this post and your heart's desires.