It was June of 2015 when my Class of 2014 Wahoo stopped by after his workday just as I was loading the car with decorations for our MomsHooPray end of year dinner.
He said something like, “Mom, shouldn’t you be retired from this already?”
Well, actually, no. We never retire from praying.
Even though we began in 2010, and watched our Hoos walk the lawn in 2014 and 2015, a small core of the “inaugural class” of MomsHoo’ have stayed close. We text to share prayer requests, fond greetings, praise reports—even a recent plea for prayer when one of us was feeling pitiful and sinking into the doldrums.
That was me last week.
The resulting flurry of supportive texts and prayers brought me out of enemy camp and set my feet on solid ground.
How grateful I am for these amazing prayer warrior moms and the deep fondness we share from praying with each other and for one another’s adult children for so many years.
And that day back in 2015—when my son suggested I retire from MomsHooPray—I had no idea that five years later, not only would we be going strong in Northern Virginia (co-led by Judy Mahony and Heidi Veldman),
but also would have given birth to two sister groups.
One Tuesday each month a small but fabulous 2-year-old group meets in Richmond, and one Wednesday a month a brand new MomsHoo’ meets in Charlottesville! (not to mention the University of Praying Moms spin-off continues to meet twice a month!)
These two newer MomsHoo’ groups just might enjoy the growth pattern of our 10-year-old NoVa group where so many women are so very blessed by MomsHooPray. The prayer support, the practical help, the camaraderie and the comfort of other praying moms with students at UVA has been phenomenal. And an added bonus—each year they meet many women who they otherwise never would have come to know and love. By the time their wahoos walk the lawn, tight bonds have been formed.
I believe that when we pray together, relationships are built stronger than they normally would because there’s a spiritual component. God blesses anything that mirrors His son. Intercession for each other’s children does just that.
…Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:34)
As we turn the corner into 2020 and complete our first decade of MomsHooPray in May, I give thanks to the One who heard my prayer way back in the summer of 2010,
“Lord, what am I going to do now that my son is headed to college and there’s no organized group of moms of UVA students to pray with?”
His answer came quickly and caught me by surprise,
I exclaimed out loud, “That is so great, Lord!”
And the rest is history.