During our Cursillo small group sharing I received a gift of a copy of this tiny little book on the shortest biography in the Bible. I've been reading a little bit of the book-- repeating sections for 3 weeks now. It is so wonderful. I'm also searching out saints who embody each of the 4 main ideas of the prayer.
Essentially, Jabez means 'pain' and that's what a mother named her baby. Imagine doing that to a child! When he grew and looked at his circumstances and inheritance he prayed for more, to be "Blessed indeed." But its what he added to that prayer that makes it special. He prayed to be blessed First so he could show God' Glory, he prayed that God's hand would be on him and that he would be kept form temptation.
My commitment, suggested in the little book, is to spend a whole month delving into it and asking God to show me more. He certainly has. This is the prayer I made for our Conference based on Jabez:
Dear Lord Bless this Conference indeed!
Expand our reach into the hills and cities and hearts of all Catholic homeschoolers and those You are calling to know You more through us. Keep our eyes and hearts open to the appointments you set for us with Your people! In our weakness may Your strength be shown and in Your Mercy keep us from evil. Let us not be tempted in pride or any other way to sin against You.
And when we see Your Glory shine, especially on Saturday May we always give You the Glory and Praise, rejoicing to be able to witness Your miraculous movement and Your tremendous love for your people. Dearest Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Pray for us and keep your mantle of protection over every person coming to Chicopee that day.